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Geography

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Geography is a popular and successful subject at Merchiston.

In the Department we share a real enthusiasm for our subject, and a desire to communicate this to our pupils. In studying Geography, pupils investigate the interdependent links between people and their environment on local, regional and international scales. The subject encompasses the natural processes that shape the planet, the cultural diversity of its inhabitants, and contemporary issues of environment and development and geopolitics.

We seek to engage pupils in learning Geography by encouraging them to work and think independently and by ensuring our teaching is stimulating, varied and creative. We strongly believe that fieldwork is an essential component of the subject giving all year groups opportunities to take part in fieldwork activities.

We are delighted by the numbers of pupils who go on to study Geography related subjects at University, with Geography graduates being amongst the most employed group upon graduation (due to the wide skill base the subject involves, and its relevance to contemporary society and developing world issues). We aim to support and extend the learning and interests of all pupils through a range of specially arranged activities, including seminars, lectures, field work, and study-day visits, Geography Society evening discussions, as well as a generous provision of extra-support drop-in sessions.

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