Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future” – Michael Palin



The study of Geography can help you to:

  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of current events from the local area to the global.
  • Investigate the earth and its peoples.
  • Study the features of the earth – such as mountains, rivers and seas – and how they were formed.
  • Develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT and problem solving.
  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of the cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world.

We in the Geography department are passionate about learning outside of the classroom. We have a range of trips for KS3 and GCSE students throughout the course of the year. This gives students context to the topics we study.


Subject Key Aims

  • To deepen knowledge and understanding of our globe and the natural processes that occur.
  • To identify places, be able to describe and explain changes and assess the impacts of humans.
  • An awareness of the interconnections between people and places.
  • Develop a relevant bank of skills that are transferable to life, such as map reading and statistical analysis.
  • To apply their knowledge and understanding to real places through cases studies and fieldwork.

Curriculum Overview


Year 7

Skills and the UK


  • Maps and map reading skills
  • Population Change and migration
  • Liverpool Investigation – how environmental quality changes across a city.
  • Ecosystems and The Tropical Rainforest


Year 8

Global Physical and Human Environments.


  • Ecosystems and Rainforests
  • Population and Development Issues
  • Rivers and Coasts
  • Local Investigation  – Urban Heat Islands


For examinations from 2018 Year 9, 10 and 11 will be following the new AQA Syllabus:


Unit 1: Living with the Physical Environment

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards:
    • Tectonics Hazards, Tropical Storms, Climate Change and Extreme UK Weather
  • The Living World
  • Local Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts
  • UK Physical Landscapes
  • Rivers and Coasts


Unit 2 Challenges in the Human Environment:

  • Urban Challenges:
    • Global Patterns, Two contrasting Cities (Mumbai versus London). Sustainable Urban Living
  • The Changing Economic World:
    • Global Patterns, Closing the Development Gap, Contrasting Countries (Nigeria versus UK)
  • The Challenge of Resource Management:
    • Overview of Food, Water and Energy resources in the UK. Global Water Security


Unit 3 Geographical Applications

  • The Issue Evaluation:
    • Theme of issue can be on any compulsory element of the syllabus. Pre-release material is distributed 12 weeks prior to the examination.
  • The Changing Economic World:
    • Global Patterns, Closing the Development Gap, Contrasting Countries (Nigeria versus UK)
  • Fieldwork:
    • Two compulsory enquiries, contrasting human and physical.


Please contact Mrs Shaw on 01942 767040 to discuss anything further regarding our school curriculum.

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