Geography

Key Stage 4:

When studying Geography, students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom, other high income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and low income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, natural hazards, development, global shifts in economic power, deforestation, coastlines and rivers in the UK and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

The GCSE course comprises 3 units of work which are examined at the end of Year 11.

Students study AQA A Geography course covering the following topics:

  • Unit 1: Living with the Physical Environment – 35% of the final grade
  • Unit 2: Challenges in the Human Environment – 35% of the final grade
  • Unit 3 – Geographical Applications – 30% of the final grade

Students who study Geography for GCSE will also complete two fieldwork investigations. The aim of the first investigation is to understand the physical processes and management strategies used along a stretch of the UK coastline. The second investigation focuses on the impact of tourism on the economy of a UK coastal town.

Key Stage 3:

The units outlined below are designed to respond to the requirements of the National Curriculum but also to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to play their part in an ever changing world.

Year 7:

  • Fantastic Places: explore a wide variety of unique and interesting places around the world. Pick up new Geography skills and discover the impact that people have on the natural environment.
  • Natural Hazards: understand the causes, impacts and responses to uncontrollable natural events around the world.
  • Rivers: discover how rivers can shape and change the world’s landscapes.

Year 8:

  • Brazil: explore a country of contrasts, from the issues surrounding deforestation in the Amazon rainforest to the management of squatter settlements in Brazil’s major cities.
  • Extreme Environments: learn about the locations and features of the world’s most extreme environments.
  • Coasts: discover why the coast is such an important place for people, how it has shaped the UK and the issues associated with coastal management.

Year 9:

  • Urban Britain: get to know the human geography of the UK with a focus on our capital, the mega city of London. Discover why London has grown and the importance of the River Thames.
  • Rivers: refine your map skills and discover how people use and manage rivers in the UK.
  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards: get a taste of Geography GCSE. Discover why volcanoes erupt and what life is like living on an active plate boundary.