Geography – More Than a Subject
Geography is more than a subject – it's a field. You'll learn things in geography that will help you in most of your other classes, and after you leave school. If you're not doing so already, you might even learn how to enjoy learning! If your parents thought you asked a lot of questions in preschool, just let them hear you after a term or two of geography!
Q. What skills will I learn from Geography?
Our world is becoming more technically oriented every year. Students who leave high school with a sound knowledge of computers are in an advantaged state when it comes to applying for jobs or entering university. Geography today is immersed in technology. Even in human geography, knowledge is gained through maps, satellite images and GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Learning how to effectively use these imparts general technical knowledge that can be transferred into other areas. The Geographical Sciences specifically allow students to acquire a variety of skills through the use of varied media, including-
Collecting, analysing and synthesizing information
Research, thinking and organizational skills
Communicating ideas and information orally and through writing
Problem solving and decision making skills
Ability to effectively use maps, satellite imagery and databases
Geography is ideal for many career paths, both requiring further formal study, and available to the school-leaver. We are currently putting together more in-depth information about a few of the careers open to geography students, check back soon!
Q. How will studying Geography help my score on the core skills test?
The Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test is a statewide test based on the Queensland senior curriculum and is available to all Year 12 students, regardless of subjects taken. Students seeking a Tertiary Entrance Statement, however, must sit for this test as part of their eligibility for an Overall Position and Field Positions.
Geographical education provides a definite advantage for the QCS extended writing task. The QCS examines a variety of skills that students acquire in the course of their senior study. There are an average of 25 skills in each senior subject that relate directly to the QCS test questions. Literacy, numeracy and intelligent thinking are all skills developed through the study of geography. In Senior Geography, students develop 38 skills, making it one of the most useful subjects for preparation for the QCS test.
Q. How will studying Geography affect my OP?
Aside from English, and possibly a science or maths course, most university courses do not require specific subjects to be studied in high school. Students intending to undertake tertiary studies are advised to choose the subjects they do best, and that they like the most, as they will then be more likely to receive a higher OP band than if they do subjects they find difficult and do poorly at. Put simply, if you enjoy geography, and you're good at it, take it – it will help put you in a higher OP band.