Key Stage 3

The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • Are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
  • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Year 7

During the first lesson there is a baseline test.

In the autumn (1) students study The UK and find about the country we live in.

In autumn (2) students focus on Settlement and Shopping.

In spring (1) Students will learn how to read different types of Maps.

In spring (2) Students will find out about Tourism.

Finally for the summer term students will discover all about Japan.


Year 8 

In the autumn (1) students will discover all about China.

In autumn (2) students will find out about the importance of Industry.

In spring (1) Students will learn about Europe and Italy.

In spring (2) Students will find out about Weather and Climate.

Finally for the summer term students will focus on Rivers and Flooding.


Year 9

In the autumn (1) students study Natural Hazards.

In autumn (2) students focus on Tsunamis.

In spring (1) Students will learn how assess a country’s level of Development.

In spring (2) Students will find out about Africa.

In summer (1) students will understand the different arguments about Climate Change.

Finally for the summer (2) term students will focus on Glaciation.


Key Stage 4

What qualification will the course lead to? GCSE

Which Examination Board? Edexcel

Course content

Geographical Skills – Students will learn the skills required: to read a map; to annotate a sketch/photograph; to produce techniques to show data; to analyse data from a graph.

Challenges for the Planet – Students will investigate whether the earth will be able to provide us with all the resources we currently take for granted and if we really are to blame for climate change.

The Natural World – Students will discover how rivers, seas and plate tectonics shape the land and how they affect our lives.

A Wasteful World – Students will learn what happens to all our waste - is there anything we can do to reduce it?

The Human World – Students will learn why the types of jobs people do change over time, discover whether there are too many people and how we might house them.

A Moving World – Students will investigate why people feel they need to leave their home and live somewhere else. What are the benefits and problems of this movement?


How will students be assessed?

3 written papers of 1 hour each (all taken in Year 11):


Unit 1 – Geographical Skills and Challenges worth 25%

Unit 2 – The Natural Environment worth 25%

Unit 3 – The Human Environment worth 25%


Controlled assessment – completed partly in controlled conditions in Year 10 and 11

Controlled assessment – Investigating Geography in Year 10 and Year 11 worth 25%