Department staff:

Mrs J Leites: Subject Leader

Mr J Hughes

Miss C Campbell

Mrs K Robinson

Mr L Jones

Mrs S Hastings


Key Stage 3:

Overview of the course

Through the study of a variety of different human and physical topics, students will be taught the knowledge and geographical skills to give them a better understanding of our ever changing world. We will study a wide range of locations and important local, national and global issues in detail. This will involve studying the causes, effects and management of issues as well as promoting good decision making for a sustainable future.


What will I learn?

  • Learn and improve your knowledge of places and geographical features.
  • Geographical skills e.g. how to read maps and use atlases efficiently and effectively.
  • A wide range of human issues e.g. what are the issues surrounding our increasing global population?
  • A wide range of physical processes e.g. what causes earthquakes?
  • Understanding of how geographical issues can have economic, environmental and social effects.
  • Detailed case studies of particular locations with certain issues e.g. The Mexico and USA border and migration across this border- push/pull factors, the effects and differing opinions on the issue.
  • Important geographical issues on a variety of scales e.g. what can you do to reduce climate change individually and what global actions are in place.
  • How to write detailed descriptions and explanations relating to geographical issues.
  • How to analyse geographical data and information e.g. pointing out anomalies on maps and trends in graphs.


What will I do?

  • Enquiry based learning (finding out the answers to problems)
  • Decision making tasks
  • Group and paired work
  • Use of ICT and department laptops – to research and complete presentations on issues
  • Map reading
  • Drawing and interpreting of graphs and geographical diagrams
  • Written descriptions and explanations improving literacy skills
  • Creative thinking and writing skills
  • Fieldwork and out of class learning


Key Stage 4: Geography

Overview of the course

Geography GCSE develops students understanding of natural features and processes, the diverse variety of the human environment and the interaction between them. Geography supports students to understand their role in society, it encourages them to consider different viewpoints, values and attitudes and make informed decisions on a variety of local, national and global issues.


What will I study?

  • Living with the physical environment – the challenges of natural hazards, the living world and physical landscapes in the UK.
  • Challenges in the human environment- urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management.
  • Issues evaluation- how to make an informed decision based on resource material.
  • Fieldwork investigation in two contrasting locations.
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to real places through detailed case studies.
  • Develop geographical skills such as map skills, graphical and statistical techniques and all elements of a fieldwork enquiry.


Examination board

AQA GCSE Geography



100% Examination

Paper 1: 35% Living with the physical environment

Paper 2: 35% Challenges in the human environment

Paper3: 30% Geographical applications (an issue evaluation and geographical field work skills)


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