"Without Geography, you're nowhere"

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What is Geography? | National Geographic Society

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. They also examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment and the way that locations and places can have an impact on people. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time.

Geography in St. Patrick's Grammar School


Mrs Fiona Curran (Head of Department)

Mrs Andrea Allen (Head of Senior School)

Geography is taught by all Geography teachers at KS3 and GCSE, and A Level. The department is concentrated in two classrooms. To support the teaching and learning that takes place in the classroom throughout the academic year, Geography students have opportunities to go on educational trips and listen to talks from various organisations.

Teaching and Learning Aims

The Geography department enables its students to:

  • Explore and examine the local and contrasting environments and the human impact upon them.
  • Explore concepts of causation, continuity and change within physical and human environments.
  • Understand how natural events can impact on physical and human environments.
  • Analyse and interpret a wide range of secondary sources e.g. maps and photographs.
  • Use a variety of methods to present geographical information, including graphs, field sketches and ICT.
  • Compare countries in the developed and developing worlds.
  • Explore the concept of sustainability at a local, regional and global scale.
  • Discuss a range of environmental issues such as the depletion of resources and climate change
  • Engage in a range of fieldwork activities.

Careers in Geography

Higher Education Options

Success in A-level Geography could lead to one of the following degree courses in many third level institutions:




Social Anthropology





Environmental Science

Civil Engineering with Geology


Town and Country Planning


Architecture, Agriculture, Leisure and Tourism, Environmental Science, Meteorology, Engineering, Conservation, Teaching, Environmental and Town Planning, Surveying, Marketing, Airline pilot, Cartography, Environmental Health, Geologist, renewable energy development, Oceanography, Botany, Landscape Architecture – and more!