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Geography Department

In Year 7 pupils study:

  • What is Geography and Geographic skills and improving place knowledge.
  • Weather and climate
  • Comparing places- UK and Tanzania/Ghana.
  • Rivers- Processes, flooding and management
  • GREAT Britain- Coastal features, tourism and economic structures.

In Year 8 pupils study:

  • Weathering, Rivers and Coasts.
  • Environmental concerns: Antarctica
  • Wild weather- The cause, effects and responses to extreme weather events. Microclimate investigation around the school grounds.
  • Population and urbanisation- Why has the world’s population grown, where do people live and what issues has this created. We will also look at migration in this topic.
  • Kenya, a developing country

From Year 9 pupils study:

At a glance...


GCSE (9-1)

Exam board


Specification code:




Cover all the content to produce a more comprehensive course which will give learners a greater choice of questions in the exams.

give students time to study themes in greater breadth and depth

give students the opportunity to study a greater range of case studies and exemplars

break down the coursework into sections to reinforce or deliver content

introduce issue evaluation and DME exercises related to each theme 

Concentrate on specific geographical skills related to each theme

give students extra revision and assessment time 

give more time to study decision making exercise (DME) pre-release resources

Course content

Year 1 (Year 9)


Year 2 (Year 10) 38 weeks


Year 3 (Year 11) 29 weeks


Autumn term (13 weeks)

The challenge of natural hazards/Tectonic hazards

Tropical storms


Autumn term (13 weeks)

Coastal or River or Glacial landscapes in the UK

Fieldwork/DME/OS Map skills

The Living World

Tropical rainforests 


Autumn term (13 weeks)

The changing economic world 


Spring term (11 weeks)

Extreme weather in the UK

Climate change - Global and UK focus 


Spring term (11 weeks)

Tropical rainforests (contd.)

Hot deserts or Cold environments

Spring term (11 weeks)

Mock exams (2 weeks)

The challenge of resource management


Summer term (14 weeks)

Physical landscapes in the UK 

Coastal or River or Glacial landscapes in the UK 

Fieldwork - pilot study will be based on whichever physical landscape(s) that will be studied.  


Summer term (14 weeks)

Fieldwork enquiries

Urban issues and challenges


Summer term (5 weeks)

DME pre-release (2 weeks)

Revision (3 weeks)



Assessment Methods

Unit 1: Living with the physical environment – 35 % of GCSE. 1 hour 30minutes exam

Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment – 35 % of GCSE 1 hour 30minutes exam

Unit 3: Geographical applications – 30 % of GCSE 1 hour 15minutes exam

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Year 7 students will do an investigative trip to the Thames to study the growth of settlements.
  • Year 8 A trip to the Cuckmere River to examine the features.
  • Year 9 students will visit the Natural History Museum regarding Tectonic activities.
  • Year 10 Fieldtrip to the River Wyre to look at changing river processes or a visit to Walton-on-the Naze to examine coastal processes.
  • Year 10 Hazards Day run by the Cartographic Society.
  • Year 11 Fieldtrip Residential to Iceland or Flatford Mill
  • Pop up Geography Club at lunchtime and afterschool with thematic weeks for example- Refugee week, COP21 Climate change, rivers trip, Blackpool regeneration and World GIS week.
  • Entry into the Young Geographer of the Year Competition run by the Royal Geographical Society. (To be started soon)
  • Entry into the School Geography Challenge run by African Adventures.