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Geography today is exciting and dynamic. It looks at the world and how people affect it. We are part of this planet and we depend on this significantly fragile environment. So, geography enables people to understand the process and systems in the natural environment and investigate issues that are of a global, national and local concern in the hope for a more informed and brighter future.
“Geography provokes answers and questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view from different perspectives. It develops knowledge of place and environments, understanding of maps and a range of investigative and problem solving skills. It prepares pupils for adult life and employment” national strategy. Gov 2005

How is learning organized?

Years 7,8 and 9

In year 7 pupils focus on acquiring skills through the study of the local area and home region. In years 8 and 9 we used skills developed in year 7 to look at patterns and processes on a broader continental and global scale. Case studies from different countries are used to illustrate the broad themes of population and settlement, economic development, management of environments, resources and quality of life. There are field study trips for each year group.

Years 10 and 11

This exciting and relevant course studies Geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them. Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).


Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.


There will be three papers that will be examined at the end of year 11, syllabus used is AQA A

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

  • The challenge of natural hazards.
  • The living world.
  • Physical landscapes in the UK
  • Geographical skills

How will it be assessed?

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling,punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))

35 % of GCSE


Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

  • Urban issues and challenges.
  • The changing economic world,
  • The challenge of resource management
  • Geographical skills

How will it be assessed?

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))
  • 35 % of GCSE


Paper 3: Geographical applications

Issue evaluation


Geographical skills


How is it assessed?

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG)

30 % of GCSE

 Pre-release resources booklet made available

12 weeks before Paper 3 exam


It is a solid academic subject and well respected by universities and employers alike.

What can this qualification lead to?

GCSE Geography is very flexible qualification as it is a social science, so it fits with other courses such as Philosophy and Sociology at an A level

A Level Geography

Degree in Geography

Further information

Miss T Day. Head of Geography


Year 12 – AS Level in Geography OCR A

The first year in year 12 seeks to continue to develop a range of essential skills for Higher Education and the world of work through content which is relevant to any citizen of the planet in the 21st century. Through exciting topics learners will understand the nature of physical and human  geography whilst unpicking the debates surrounding one of the contemporary challenges facing the world today.


How will it be assessed?

Paper 1: Landscape Systems and changing spaces, making places. 55% of total AS level

82 marks

1hour 45 mins external exam

  • Coastal Landscapes
  • Changing spaces, making places
  • Geographical skills

Paper 2: Geographical debates. 45% of total AS level

  • Hazardous earth
  • Geographical skills

68 marks

1hour 30mins external exam


Year 13 A level in geography

The AS year leads nicely onto the last year concluding with an A Level.  The topics to be that will be examined at this level will be:

Paper 1: Physical Systems

Landscape Systems and changing spaces, making places.

  • Coastal Landscapes
  • Geographical skills

Earth’s Life support systems

22% of total A level

66 marks

1hour 30 mins external exam


Paper 2: Human interactions 22% of total A level

  • Changing spaces, making places
  • Global connections
  • Geographical Skills

22% of total A level

66 marks

1hour 30 mins external exam


Paper 3. Geographical debates. 36% of total A level

  • Hazardous earth
  • Future of food
  • Geographical skills

108 marks

2 hours 30mins external exam


4. Independent Investigation. 20% of total A level

Non examined assessment.

60 marks



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