To develop individuals who have the ability to use empirical data to think analytically and to also think critically and creatively to investigate issues and processes in the modern world.



Whether it's gathering images of earth for the space sector, dreaming up new ways to fuel our home or taking tourists on an adventure to Antarctica, Geography encompasses some really fascinating topics. Geography students develop an in-depth knowledge of how both human and physical environments work. This makes them excellent candidates for careers in the environment and climate change, travel and tourism and planning and local government.

Other sectors for knowledge of Geography that come in handy are international aid and development, logistics, sustainability and economic development. Geographers are great team workers and have top research, presentation and communication skills. These abilities open up opportunities in many different careers, from law to surveying, accounting to real estate.


At Aldridge: 

Aldridge is one of only a very few schools in the Wide Bay to offer Geography in the senior school. Our passion and practical application of skills means that students studying in this area have met with nationally recognised success.


Why study Geography?

  1. Geography helps us understand the world we live in and our relationship with the natural environment.
  2. To learn the location of places and the physical and cultural characteristics of those places in order to function more effectively in our increasingly interdependent world.
  3. To understand the geography of past times and how geography has played important roles in the evolution of people, their ideas, places and environments.
  4. To understand the spatial organisation of society and see order in what often appears to be random scattering of people and places.
  5. To be able to make sensible judgements about matters involving relationships between the physical environment and society.
  6. To appreciate earth as the homeland of humankind and provide insight for wise management decisions about how the planet's resources should be used.
  7.  To understand global interdependence and to become a better global citizen.


Facilities, equipment and software: 

Geography at Aldridge incorporates a variety of modern technology and geographical equipment to allow students to benefit from hands on experience and data collection whenever possible.  This allows students to further develop a range of 21st Century skills such as the application of ICTs and critical thinking.


Units of study:

Year 10 and 11


1: Responding to Risk and Vulnerability in Hazard Zones


Topic 1: Natural hazard zones

Students develop an understanding of how natural and ecological hazards represent potential sources of harm to human life, health, income and property, and how such hazards may affect elements of the built and natural environments.


1: Responding to Risk and Vulnerability in Hazard Zones


Topic 2: Ecological hazard zones

Through two case studies, students investigate the risk/s posed by specific hazards in recognised hazard zones and analyse the vulnerability of local communities and identify ways to respond. Students propose action to eliminate or minimise harm to people and the environment in ecological hazard zones.


2. Planning Sustainable PlacesTopic 1: Challenges facing a place in AustraliaStudents develop an understanding of the challenges of sustainable development for remote, rural and urban places in Australia and a megacity in the developing world.
2. Planning Sustainable PlacesTopic 2: Challenges facing a megacityThrough fieldwork and a case study, students investigate the geographical processes and interactions over time and space that have resulted in challenges for places in Australia and megacities in developing countries.


Year 12

3. Responding to Land cover TransformationsTopic 1: Land cover transformations and climate changeStudents develop an understanding of changes to the biophysical environment over time, with a particular focus on land cover transformation and climate change.
3. Responding to Land cover TransformationsTopic 2: Responding to local land cover transformationsThrough a case study and fieldwork, students investigate the geographical processes, natural and anthropogenic, that have resulted in change to Earth's land cover and climate change and the resulting impacts and challenges posed.
4. Managing Population ChangeTopic 1: Population challenges in Australia

Students develop an understanding of population change, movement and distribution over space and time, and how governments, organisations and individuals respond to the challenges posed by demographic change.



4.Managing Population Change Topic 2: Global population changeStudents propose action for sustainable management of a challenge posed by demographic change for a place in Australia.



Last reviewed 14 May 2021
Last updated 14 May 2021