Mr. D. Bird – Head of Geography
Mr. K. Faulkner – Geography Teacher
Miss S. Vaughan – SENCo and Music Teacher, teaches Geography at Key Stage Three


Our main aim is to encourage students to enjoy Geography and to develop a sympathetic knowledge and understanding of Planet Earth.

The Geography Department also attempts to work in ways that will help the School as a whole to achieve its aims. This includes treating students as individuals with individual needs, encouraging high standards of work and behaviour and valuing the cultural diversity of the School, and seeking to develop greater understanding both locally and globally.

Key Stage 3

At KS3 there are a number of key concepts including space, place, scale, interdependence, physical and human processes, environmental interaction and sustainability and cultural understanding and diversity that underpin the study of Geography. Pupils need to understand these concepts in order to broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding. The concepts are taught through a variety of units of work throughout KS3.

Year 7

  • What is Geography?
  • Mapskills and GIS
  • Population and Migration
  • Urbanisation
  • Geography of the UK
  • Geography of crime and GIS

Year 8

  • Economic Activity
  • Development
  • Comparing 2 places – Africa and China
  • Volcanoes and earthquakes
  • Fieldwork – Rocks and weathering

Year 9

  • Rivers, coasts and Glaciation
  • Flooding
  • Weather and climate and hurricanes
  • Our planet our future
  • World issues

Key Stage 4 – GCSE AQA Geography

Why Study Geography?

Studying Geography enables a variety of teaching and learning approaches. This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them. Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).

Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Upon completion of this two year course, students will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond.

Year 10 – AQA GCSE Geography

Paper 1 (35% of GCSE) – Living with the Physical Environment

Section A – The challenge of natural Hazards

  • Natural Hazards-Tectonic Hazards, Tropical storms,Extreme weather in the UK, Climate Change

Section B – Physical Landscapes in the UK

  • Physical landscapes in the UK – Coastal Landsapes and River landscapes

Section C – The Living World

  • Ecosystems – Tropical Rainforests, Hot Deserts

Paper 2 (35% of GCSE) – Challenges In the Human Environment

Section A – Urban Issues and Challenges

  • Urbanisation
  • Opportunities and challenges of urban growth in MEDCs and LEDCs
  • Urban change in UK cities
  • Sustainability in cities

Section B – The Changing Economic World

  • What are the global inequalities
  • How can the development gap be narrowed

Section C – The challenge of resource management

  • Resource management
  • Water

Paper 3 (30% of GCSE) – Geographical Applications

Section A – Issue evaluation

This will be taught in lessons throughout the other units of work. There is a pre release booklet for this exam 12 weeks before the exam. It will focus on all topics studied.

Section B – Fieldwork

Assesses geographical skills and fieldwork. Fieldwork will take place in June 2017.

Learning Styles

Geography is challenging, thought provoking and fun. We aim to use a variety of different teaching techniques, which will involve individual work, group work, role-play, PowerPoint presentations, team building scenarios and ICT. Pupils are also expected to attend a three day residential course to complete their geographical Investigation that is needed for Paper 3.


Each student will have their own set textbook and the Geography Department has a wide range of recently published books and resources, all specifically written for GCSE. We have many DVD’s and videos containing archive film and newsreels on all the major topics studied. The Department also offers the students an opportunity to purchase up to date Wider World Magazines and offers them the opportunity to purchase a revision guide.


Students will be assessed through a range of homework and assessment tasks. This will include peer-assessment and evaluation. Students will sit three written exams. Paper 1 and 2 will be one hour and 30 minutes and will each make up 35% of the final marks and Paper 3 will be one hour and 15 minutes and make up 30% of the final marks.

Sixth Form

Why Geography?

It’s a unique subject, because it acts as a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. This can be an advantage if you want to be flexible when considering your options for higher education or careers.


Who is the course for?

The course is for students, who have successfully achieved grade B, or higher, at GCSE Geography or equivalent courses and who have an interest in studying Geography to a higher level.  Geography is a unique subject, as it acts as a bridge between the Humanities and Science and may readily be studied with either.

What will I learn? 

You will learn key ideas about Physical Geography and Human Geography and develop a range of Geographical skills.  You will develop your Personal Learning and Thinking skills through activities such as researching topics, managing your workload and presenting reports to the rest of the group.

What Units will I study?

AS Unit 1: Physical Geography and people and the environment

                  Glacial Landscapes and Hazards

AS Unit 2: Human Geography and Geography fieldwork investigation

                   Changing Places and Geographical Skills

How will I learn?

You will learn in smaller and more informal groups than at GCSE and you will be expected to play an active role in your learning.  You will learn through accessing a wide range of sources such as the school and public libraries, the Internet, television programmes and newspaper sources.  The Geography Review, a magazine aimed at Sixth Formers is available to subscribe to and is a valuable read.  It will be essential for you to develop your ICT skills in order to access these resources and to process fieldwork data.  You will be expected to attend a Sixth Form conference at Birmingham University and will have the opportunity to attend lectures on current topics. You will also be expected to attend two residential fieldwork trips – a two day trip to Snowdonia and a four day trip to either the Lake District or Devon (time and money)

How will I be assessed? 

Formative assessment during the course will occur informally in class, through your class work and homework and through topic tests.

Summative assessment is by external exams:

AS Unit 1: A one and a half hour exam consisting of multiple choice and short answers (50 %)

AS Unit 2: A one and a half hour exam consisting of multiple choice and short answers (50 %)

How can I progress with this qualification?

Students who achieve a grade ‘D’ or better can progress to A2 Geography

Is there any other information I need to know?

A grade ‘B’ or better at GCSE Geography is required for entry onto this course.  Alternatively for students who have not studied Geography an average point score of 6 or greater is required.


Who is the course for?

The course is for students who have successfully achieved grade ‘D’ or better in their AS-Level course and who have an interest in pursuing the subject further

What will I learn? 

You will continue to develop the Geographical skills you encountered in the AS-Level course and will consider a number of contemporary geographical issues such as physical (plate tectonics) and human (world cities) options.  Current issues you may study include globalisation, out of town shopping and climate change.  The fieldwork will be a key aspect of your learning in this course.

What Units will I study?

A2 Unit 1: Physical Geography

                Glaciated landscapes, Hazrds and Water and carbon cycle

A2 Unit 2: Human Geography.

Changing places, Global systems and global governance and Contemporary         Urban environments

A2 Unit 3: Geographical Investigation

How will I learn? 

You will continue to learn through similar methodologies to the AS-level course.  However  written tasks and exam questions will be more challenging to allow access to the new A* grade and you will be expected to engage in more independent learning to prepare you for university education.   The fieldwork is an essential aspect of the learning for this course. You will attend a four day residential to either the Lake District or Devon.

How will I be assessed? 

Formative assessment during the course will occur informally in class, through your class work and homework and through topic tests.

Summative assessment will occur through:

Unit 1: A two hour 30 mins exam (40 %).more structured questions

Unit 2: A two hour and 30 mins exam (40%) more structured questions

Unit 3: A 3000-4000 word fieldwork investigation (20 %).

How can I progress with this qualification?

A geographer studying Maths or Physics would be well qualified for Environmental Sciences.  You could go on to study Geography at university, but courses or careers in areas such as planning, surveying GIS and cartography are also possibilities, as well as growth areas such as tourism or environmental management.

Is there any other information I need to know?

A grade ‘D’ at AS-level in this subject is required to progress from the AS-level to the A-level

Other Opportunities

Some examples of how the department seeks to enrich the classroom study of Geography: .

  • Students are encouraged to carry out their own research investigations and fieldwork. In Year 7, day visits are arranged as part of the Opening Minds programme. Year 8 students carry out fieldwork in Dovedale, the Peak District. At GCSE students attend a residential fieldwork to complete their geographical Investigation and there is a two day residential fieldwork visit to Snowdonia and a residential field week to Devon in the Sixth Form.