Subject Overview

Key Stage 3

Students are taught modules that provide a better understanding of the world in which they live. They study a range of locations around the world and focus on major geographical issues that are becoming increasingly important in today’s world. A balance is maintained between the study of physical and human geography. The subject content is designed with the school’s mastery curriculum in mind, using Key Stage 3 as an apprenticeship for GCSE. Students build the required knowledge and skills needed for success as they progress through the school.

Key Stage 4

Exam board: AQA Geography (8035)

The course followed allows students to develop their knowledge of geographical topics and focuses on the management of geographical issues.

Key Stage 5

Exam board: Edexcel Geography (9Geo)

The A Level course encourages students to deepen their geographical knowledge and understanding as well as to develop their geographical skills.

Teaching Aims and Objectives

The Department aims to engage and inspire students to be passionate about the world in which they live. Students are also taught skills which will be relevant to their future working lives.

Students learn to be effective problem-solvers and critical thinkers. They are required to evaluate a range of resources and to recommend solutions. Students are encouraged to question critically in order to develop their research skills and in order to analyse geographical issues more objectively. Naturally, their literacy and numeracy skills develop in tandem.
Course Information The following topics are studied:

Key Stage 3
  • The global location of a range of countries, capital cities and major physical features e.g. Oceans, Mountain ranges etc.
  • Map skills, - analysing and interpreting a range of maps
  • World population change
  • Weather and Climate
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Global development issues
  • Climate Change
  • Globalisation
Key Stage 4: GCSE  AQA specification:
  • The challenge of natural hazards – tectonic and atmospheric
  • The living world – Tropical Rainforests and Hot Desert ecosystems
  • Physical landscapes in the UK
  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management
Key Stage 5: Edexcel A level:
  • Tectonic processes and hazards
  • Landscape systems, processes and hazards
    • Coastal landscapes and change
  • Globalisation
  • Shaping places
    • Regenerating Place
  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Superpowers
  • Global development and connections
    • Migration, Sovereignty and Identity

GCSE AQA Geography Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment (1hr30mins) – The challenge of natural hazards, the living world, Physical landscapes in the UK, Geographical skills Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment (1hr30mins) – Urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world, the challenge of resource management, Geographical skills Paper 3: Geographical applications (1hr15mins) – Issue evaluation, Geographical skills

A Level Edexcel
  • Exam 1: Physical Geography (2hrs15mins) – Tectonic processes and hazards, Coastal landscapes and change, The Water cycle and water insecurity, The Carbon cycle and energy security
  • Exam 2: Human Geography (2hrs15mins) – Globalisation, Regenerating places, Superpowers, Global development and change – health, human rights and interventions
  • Exam 3: Synoptic Geography (2hrs15mins) – a synoptic investigation based on three synoptic themes covered throughout the course – players, attitude and actions, futures and uncertainties
  • Independent investigation – 3000 to 4000 word geography project
  • Subject Leader: Matt Barrett
  • Teachers: Jess Burns, Sam Jones