Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

Engage | Educate | Empower



Key Staff

  • Mrs D Adamson (HOD)
  • Mr D Walmsley (Temp)

The Geography Department at Wellington College aim to widen the geographical knowledge of its pupils by a number of aims.

When studying Geography, our pupils have the opportunity with encouragement to:

  • Find out more about the modern world
  • Appreciate the variety of landscapes and societies in the world
  • Develop skills to identify, present and interpret geographical information
  • Use and practise map skills and ICT skills
  • Be able to place topical issues in geographical context
  • Have an interest in and care for the environment
  • Individually act as responsible citizens understanding our actions and choices
  • Learn about the careers which use geographical knowledge and skills
  • Prepare thoroughly for exams and assessments.


The Geography Department at Wellington College value the role of fieldwork within the curriculum to develop many transferable skills. Fieldwork is a useful way to demonstrate what the pupils learn in the classroom with the outside world.

Whilst at Wellington College pupils will complete a range of fieldwork activities ranging from a settlement study of Newtownards to a beach study at Murlough, Co.Down. The pupils will consider and respect a range of social, political and environmental issues whilst encouraging them to develop their own opinions with the ability to justify their thoughts. Fieldwork builds and develops many skills which are cross-curricular such as:

  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Communication
  • Observing
  • Measuring
  • Enquiry
  • Team work

Year 8. 

Where I live- My area. Contrast with Sponsored children living in Uganda.
The changing world of work.
Titanic Quarter.
Geology of Northern Ireland.
Lignite Power Station - Issue 

Year 9

Cities. Sustainable settlements.
Rivers- Features- Interaction with people.
Economic Activity 

Year 10.

Brazil and life in Rio de Janiero.
Tectonic Processes.- Earthquakes and Volcanoes.
Fieldwork in Murlough Nature Reserve.
Aral sea Environmental issue.

GCSE Geography is a unitised specification, with six geographical themes studied over the two year course.

The two external exams have three multi-part questions with one being set on each theme. This includes the use of resource material (this could include photographs, OS maps and written texts) provided in the exam and questions that require extended writing.

Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World - Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (37.5%)

Theme A: The Dynamic Landscape (50 %)

Theme B: Our Changing Weather and Climate (25%)

Theme C: The Restless Earth (25%)

Unit 2: Living in Our World - Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (37.5%)

Theme A: People and Where They Live (50%)

Theme B: Contrasts in World Development (25%)

Theme C: Managing Our Resources (25%)

Unit 3: GCSE Geography Coursework - Written report (25%)

The controlled assessment [coursework] is carried out in the first term of Year 12. This report is completed by the candidates on primary data collection following a fieldtrip. Organisation, attendance and effort is essential throughout the controlled assessment process as large sections are completed under controlled conditions pupils prior planning and preparation is crucial for success. The report will be no more than 2000 words and assesses pupils on data collection, data processing and data analysis.

Examining Board - CCEA.

AS Geography

The AS course consists of three modules:

Teaching and Learning Units

Type of assessment

Assessment weighting

AS1 – Physical Geography

1 hour 15minute external exam

40% of AS

16% of A Level

AS2 – Human Geography

1 hour 15minute external exam

40% of AS

16% of A Level

AS3 – Fieldwork Skills and Techniques in Geography

1 hour external written examination

20% of AS

8% of A level

AS1 Physical Geography and skills.

Physical Processes and systems and human interactions. Use of G.I.S. Examines river processes, landforms and flooding. Global Biomes and impact of climate change on these.  The processes that shape our weather and climate and Global weather issues.

AS2  Human Geography.

Themes in Human Geography: examines, population data, structure, population and resources. Rural environments, planning in Rural environments, Challenges for the urban environment. Development issues and strategies used to reduce development gap.

AS3  Fieldwork skills and Techniques

Fieldwork comprises of a residential trip to the Mourne Mountains to investigate the fluvial processes and features along a river. 

Preferred level of entry. 

It is recommended that students who enroll for this qualification should have achieved at least a B in Geography GCSE. Skills in handling data, graphs and maps are also important.

A2 Geography

A2 1  Human Geography and Global issues.     25% of A. Level

 Impact of Population Change;

 Examining natural population change, migration, causes, streams and impacts.  Population policies

Issues in Ethnic Diversity:

Examining the processes which create and maintain ethnic diversity. Ethnic conflict.

  • A2 2 Physical Geography and Decision Making..  25% of A. Level

Fluvial and Coastal Environments.

Human demands on fluvial and coastal environments. River basin management strategies. Coastal processes, features and management.

Natural Hazards and Human Activity.

Nature of events related to crustal movements

and extreme weather phenomena.

Processes responsible for selected hazards.

Beneficial and detrimental outcomes of natural hazards. Effectiveness of human strategies to predict and/or reduce the impact of natural hazards.

Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. Geographers have many skills which are valued by employers. Geography teaches important life skills, personal learning and thinking skills (PLTS) and functional skills, as well as developing a critical way of thinking about the world. Employers are looking for quality people to invest in and Geography is a subject which explores the importance of the future.

Careers Information

The analytical and research skills gained from your geography degree are attractive to a range of employers

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree:

  • Cartographer
  • Commercial/residential surveyor
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographical information systems officer
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Town planner

Jobs where your degree would be useful:

  • International aid/development worker
  • Landscape architect
  • Logistics and distribution manager
  • Market researcher
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Tourism officer
  • Transport planner

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