Subject Overview

You know where you are with Geography: a subject that deals with the complex and varied interactions between humans and the physical world. Geography takes you on a journey to discover the planet’s natural systems and the ways that humans have attempted to manage, influence and even tame them. The newspapers are often full of doom and gloom: too many people, increased floods and storms, global poverty. Geography examines and analyses the evidence behind the issues and allows students to reach a balanced, informed view of the major issues facing the 21st century and suggest their own potential solutions. Geography prepares young people for the world they will soon inherit.


Year 7

What is Geography? – exploring the links between physical and human geography in the local area.

Maps and mapping – developing the essential skills for reading maps, atlas and other geographical information systems.

Violent planet – the story of our planet and the tectonic forces

People Everywhere – global population is increasing exponentially, how will countries respond?

Global Warming – Trump says “it’s not happening” so don’t worry about it!

Russia – A Force Awakens


Year 8

Africa and International Development – getting behind the issues affecting the world’s poorest continent.

Weather and Climate – investigating how weather affects us and the possible impacts of climate change.

Amazing Asia – A huge continent with rapid development but huge environmental problems

Industry – The UK’s industrial landscape has changed dramatically; we explore the drivers behind these changes.

UK and Europe – 28 countries and counting, political geography within the UK and Europe.

Flooding – how will countries deal with an increased risk of flooding due to changing climates?


Year 9, 10, 11 will be working on GCSE



New Specification from September 2015 first examined in 2018

Living with the Physical Environment

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK
  • The Living World

Challenges in the Human Environment

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Changing Economic World
  • The Challenge of Resource Management

Geographical Applications

  • Issue Evaluation
  • Fieldwork (One human geography investigation in an urban area and one physical geography investigation in the coastal zone)


A Level

New Specification from September 2016 first examined in 2018

Unit 1 Global Hazards

  • Topic 1:    Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Topic 2:    Coastal Landscapes Processes and Change

Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minute paper (80 marks) -  50% of the qualification

Unit 2 Dynamic Places

  • Topic 3:        Globalisation
  • Topic 4:        Shaping Places

Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minute paper (80 marks) - 50% of the qualification

Paper 1 Conflicted Planet

  • Topic 1:    Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Topic 2:    Coastal Landscapes Processes and Change
  • Topic 5:         The Water Cycle and Water Security
  • Topic 6:       The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Assessment: 2 hours paper (90 marks) - 30% of the qualification

Paper 2: Global Powers

  • Topic 3 : Globalisation
  • Topic 4 : Shaping Places
  • Topic 8 : Superpower Geographies
  • Topic 9 : Global Development and Connections

Assessment: 2 hours paper (90 marks) - 30% of the qualification

Paper 3 Synoptic Paper

Synoptic Investigation on a geographical issue which will focus on Players, Attitudes and Futures. This will be based on a contemporary global or regional issue.

Assessment: 1 hour and 45 minutes (60 marks) - 20% of the qualification

Paper 4 Independent Investigation

Student’s independent investigation on an aspect of Geography to be chosen by the students

20% of the qualification



Year 12: A residential field course to Bournemouth and a day visit to Dartmoor and Plymouth.  The field course provides excellent experience and supports classroom learning. It also prepares students for their Individual Investigation.

Year 13: An additional 2 days fieldwork will also be carried out during A Level. The details of this are to be confirmed. They will collect data ready for their Individual Investigation.


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