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Geography: Key Stage 3

Subject Content: Year 7

Map skills –An opportunity for students to develop their key geographical skills.

Settlements and working life – Students will explore their local settlement and how it has changed and look at the industry and jobs around them.

Fantastic landscapes – Students will investigate varied and differing environments such as coasts and tectonic environments.

Ecosystems and Environment – Students will be able to explore the different ecosystems of the world and investigate the challenges that the planet faces.

Subject Content: Year 8

Going Global – The world is getting smaller all the time, students will be able to explore this process and investigate the impacts on different people across the planet.

Wild Weather – Students are to investigate the processes that create our weather and the effects it has on people and the environment.

Places and population – The population of the world today is over 7 billion, students will have the opportunity to look at how population changes and moves and the challenges for the future.

Africa and development – Africa is a developing continent with many problems and issues, it is also an exciting and wonderful place for students to investigate.

Exploring Japan – Japan has it all, stunning scenery, natural disasters, a rich and varied culture and massive economic power. This topic will allow students to fully explore this rich, varied and vastly different country.

Subject Content: Year 9

Natural Hazards – Students will get to explore the causes, effects and responses to the some of the most terrible natural events ever to happen.

Extreme Environments – Students will get to look at the strange and extreme places in which people live on earth and how they do it.

Russia and the Middle East – Students are to explore the development of two contrasting locations looking at the physical and human features and the different cultures of these two globally important regions.

Global crime and conflict – Students are to explore how Geography can be used in the fight against crime and develop an understanding of recent conflicts and how Geography has influenced them.

China, The New Super Power - Students will get to do an in-depth study of the world's new economic super power and look at where they and the rest of the world are heading.

Basic Geographical skills – Students will be able to demonstrate all the skills they have developed over the past few years to complete this unit and receive a certificate at the end.

KS3 Skills Taught

Students will develop their understanding of place, interdependence, scale, sustainability, human and physical processes. They will also learn how to undertake fieldwork and use a range of different maps and GIS software.  Students will also have the opportunity to develop their literacy, communication and ICT skills both in class and with their independent homework projects.


Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography A

Exam Board: Edexcel

Subject Content & Assessment Detail

Component 1: The Physical Environment

  • Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 37.5% of the qualification; 94 marks

Component 2: The Human Environment

  • Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 37.5% of the qualification; 94 marks

Component 3: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges

  • Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 25% of the qualification; 64 marks


Skills Taught

This GCSE provides students with the opportunity to develop the ability to:

  • Identify relevant geographical questions and issues and establish appropriate sequences of investigation, incorporating geographical skills and enquiry skills
  • Carry out fieldwork and out-of-classroom learning
  • Use new technologies, including GIS, to assist geographical investigation
  • Extract and interpret information from a range of sources, including field observations, maps (including Ordnance Survey maps of different scales) drawings, photographs (ground, aerial and satellite imagery) diagrams and tables.
  • Acquire and use geographical vocabulary
  • Communicate in a variety of ways, including extended writing and graphical forms
  • Make informed geographical decisions
  • Describe, analyse and interpret evidence, making decisions, drawing and justifying conclusions and communicating findings in ways appropriate to the task’s audience
  • Evaluate methods of collecting, presenting and analysing evidence and the validity and limitations of evidence and conclusions.