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Nottingham Academy


We live in a world of amazing beauty, infinite complexity and rigorous challenge. Geography is the subject which opens the door to this dynamic world and prepares each one of us for the role of global citizen in the 21st century. Through studying geography, pupils begin to appreciate how places and landscapes are formed; how people and environments interact; what consequences arise from our everyday decisions; and what a diverse range of cultures and societies exist and interconnect.

Geography is a subject which builds on young people’s own experiences, helping them to formulate questions, develop their intellectual skills and find answers to issues affecting their lives. It introduces them to distinctive investigative tools such as maps, fieldwork and the use of powerful digital communication technologies. It opens their eyes to the beauty and wonder around them and acts as a source of inspiration and creativity.

More than this, it ensures that they appreciate the complexity of attitudes and values which shape the way we use and misuse the environment. Through geography, people learn to value and care for the planet and all its inhabitants.

Through geography lessons at the Nottingham Academy we aim to:

  • Assist pupils in developing as effective, independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds;
  • Develop our pupils knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the relevance of these concepts to our changing world;
  • Develop our pupils spatial awareness, so they can appreciate the importance of the location of places and environments from local to global
  • Ensure our pupils appreciate and understand that people have different views of the world, its environments, societies and cultures;
  • Encourage puils to understand their responsibilities as global citizens and recognise how they can contribute to a future that is sustainable and inclusive;
  • Enhance our pupils ability to apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork and other out of classroom learning;

Statistics show that Geographers have the highest rates of Graduate employment.

There are a number of options for you to choose at university if Geography interests you. Courses include: Geography, Physical Geography, Human Geography, Meteorology, Earth Sciences, Environmental science, Geology and Environmental management.

Geography is so diverse that you can really specialise in what you enjoy. For example, if you love learning about the weather then choose Meteorology. On all courses at University you will have the opportunity to take part in fieldwork all over the world. Not many subjects can offer this opportunity. Speak to your Geography teacher to find out what and where they studied and what careers people move on to.

Geographers enter a very wide range of career areas and put simply, there is no such thing as a geography job, there are jobs that geographers do. Studying Geography provides you with valuable skills and a firm base for life-long learning. Some examples of Geography Careers are: Town planning, teaching, policing, event management, marketing, armed forces, pilot, politician, Environmental risk assessment, Weather presenter, Journalist, Photographer, Surveyor, Engineer, Climate scientist – to list a few.