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Our aims

The Post 16 & HE Phase Committee exists to promote the teaching and study of geography in the post-16 curriculum. It supports teachers in schools, colleges and universities through a range of activities and publications. Please contact Iain Palôt if you are interested in joining the Committee. This is your chance to make a difference!

Download these Terms of Reference to find out more about how the Post-16 & HE Committee works.

What we do

The Committee organises conferences, field trips and workshops on topics closely associated with post-16 geographical education.

We produce a newsletter, Geography Matters, which focuses on news and issues currently facing teachers involved in post-16 geographical and environmental education. The newsletter can be downloaded from the Geography Matters page.

We contribute to books and articles that provide a more in-depth examination of issues associated with teaching and learning in post-16 geography. These include curriculum planning, teaching, assessment, fieldwork and resources.

We also take part in forming GA working parties to look at emerging areas of concern in the post-16 geography curriculum, including issues relevant to vocational education.

Student interviews

The Committee spoke to geography students at three universities to find out about their experiences of studying geography at degree level. The video and audio interviews are ideal for sharing with Post-16 students who are considering doing a geography degree.

Engaging our students

We believe that it is supremely important to get our students directly involved in the GA and related organizations.

WorldWise is a part of the GA that seeks to do just that.

WorldWise International Challenge is for Post 16 students to take part in a fantastic opportunity.

WorldWise week is during the last complete school week of June each year. Click here for suggestions for Year 12 and 13 activities to get your student involved in the theme of ‘Crossing Boundaries’.

BTEC Level 3 Course on Environmental Sustainability

The Post 16 & HE Phase Committee is currently seeking feedback on the BTEC Level 3 Course on Environmental Sustainability, which was accredited on the Qualifications and Credit framework for first teaching from September 2011. As this course has substantial elements of geographical, environmental and earth science topics, the Committee is interested in obtaining teachers' views on its content, delivery and its appropriateness for students in preparation for FE, HE and the workplace, in order to advise decisions in offering this course.

The Committee would like to thank those people who have completed this questionnaire and we would welcome further responses. If you teach this course and would be willing to share your thoughts, please complete the questionnaire below by the 15 Septemeber 2014. It is intended that the results will be published in the next issue of Geography Matters.

1. Please give your name and email address

2. Please your school/college name and location

3. What were your reasons for starting this course?

4. How many teaching staff are involved in its delivery? What are their subject specialisms?

5. How many students are currently on the course in the AS and the A2 year?

6. Which options do you deliver?

7. How many hours of practical work (lab work or fieldwork) do your students do (weekly average)?

8. Which teaching methods are used and which are the most successful?

9. What is the average number of hours spent on marking (weekly average per teacher)?

10. What do you/your students like about the course?

11. What do you/your students dislike about the course?

12. Is there any additional support/staff development that would be of benefit for course teachers?

13. Would you recommend this course to other institutions?

14. Does this course prepare student sufficiently for progression to HE courses, in your view? If so, which courses is it suitable preparation and why?

15. Are there any other comments you wish to make?

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