Head of Department: Miss Charlery

In the Geography Department, students are provided with the opportunity to understand more about the world, its challenges and their place within it.  The units of study aim to develop a range of skills and develop an awareness of the complex geographical systems in the world around them.

Curriculum overviews

KS3: Students are introduced to a key geographical skills and ideas through a variety of topics. These topics will later be built up if students choose GCSE Geography. Students evaluate progress with assessments regularly to enable appropriate intervention to support learning.  Also, students are provided with opportunities for reflection to further improve their work.

In Year 7, the students study the following topics:

  • What is Geography
  • Map skills
  • Great Britain/Cities and landmark in the UK
  • Water Cycle and Rivers
  • Development/China
  • Rainforests/GIS Enquiry


In Year 8, the students study the following topics:

  • Weather/Global Warming
  • Changing economies/Brazil
  • Tectonics (Earthquakes & Volcanoes)
  • Iceland, Land of Fire and Ice/GIS Enquiry
  • Coasts
  • International Development/Africa


KS4: Year 9, 10, &11 are studying AQA Geography.

Exam board website:

Course structure

  • Paper 1: Physical Geography – 1 hour 30 minutes – worth 35%
  • Paper 2: Human Geography – 1 hour 30 minutes – worth 35%
  • Paper 3: Fieldwork and skills – 1 hour 15 minutes – worth 30%

Course rationale from exam board

Study of this course will give students of all backgrounds the opportunity to develop:

  • communication skills
  • graphical and cartographical skills
  • technological skills including ICT and GIS
  • interpersonal skills through debate and discussion
  • literacy and numeracy skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • entrepreneurial skills and awareness of career possibilities.

The GCSE course is split into 3 units.

Unit 1: Living with the Physical Environment.

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • The Living World
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK

Unit 2: Challenges in the Human Environment

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Changing Economic World
  • The Challenge of Resource Management

Unit 3: Geographical Applications

  • Issue Evaluation (based on pre-released material)
  • Fieldwork

Geographical Skills

Throughout the units’ students develop greater competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches and concepts (such as models and theories) and geographical skills in analysing and interpreting different data sources. In this way pupils will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding.