The study of geography stimulates an interest in, and a sense of wonder about, places. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people interact with their environments and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It is one of the best placed subjects in school for enabling our students to understand, and make sense of, the world in which they live.

Geography is introduced through the topics – Where Am I?, Settlement, The Geography of Shopping, Getting Mapwise, Weather and Climate, and finally, a chance to explore Russia.

Students begin by studying a unit of work on Tropical Rainforests. This is followed by units on population, rivers, the UK and finally the Middle East.

Initially students focus on plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes in the Restless Earth topic. This is followed by units on Africa, the issues created by the uneven distribution of wealth in a unit about development. China and finally a study of crime from a geographical perspective.
There are several key assessments throughout the year for each year group.


As with the KS3 course, GCSE Geography enables students to develop their understanding and knowledge of our planet and the events and processes that have shaped our past, present and future. The main focus of the course is an understanding of physical processes and factors that produce diverse and dynamic landscapes over time. This includes the interdependence of physical environments and the interaction between people and the environment as well as an understanding of the need for sustainable management of both physical and human environments. Students also learn to appreciate the differences and similarities between people, places and cultures leading to an improved understanding of societies and economies.
To further students’ understanding of what is being taught and the world around them, it is essential to the course that they take part in at least two field visits. Not only do these visits enrich and enhance their learning, build relationships and promote healthy lifestyles but the outcomes are assessed in the 3rd of three final exams.


KS3: 1 hour

KS4: 4 hours (Y9), 2 hours (Y10), 3 hours (Y11)


The course is assessed through three exam papers, taken at the end of a two year course.

Paper 1: (35%) Written exam – 1.5 hours (The Challenge of Natural Hazards: Natural, Tectonic and Weather Hazards, Climate Change. The Living World: Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests, Cold Environments. Physical landscapes in the UK: River and Glacial Landscapes in the UK)

Paper 2: (35%) Written exam – 1.5 hours (Challenges in the Human Environment: Urban Issues and Challenges, the Changing Economic World. The Challenge of Resource Management: Resource Management of either food, water or energy resources)

Paper 3: (30%) Written exam – 1.25 hours (Fieldwork, and the ability to use and apply a variety of geographically related skills. Furthermore, the students are also challenged with an issue to evaluate and decide upon).