Topic outline

  • Introduction

    "The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.

    Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Pupils learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet."

    QCA 2009

    The Geography department has four specialist members of staff each with their own classroom equipped with interactive whiteboards. The department is led by Mrs Wade (currently on Maternity Leave), and is also taught by Ms Dwight-Smith, Mr Dobson, and Mrs Sadd.

    We firmly believe Geography is an essential part of the school curriculum and has a key role in our changing world. Our KS3 programme contains up to date and relevant geography which has been reviewed with the help of students and we continue to evaluate the units taught.

    For more information about the topics and concepts studied in KS3, plus information on fieldwork and assessment, please select the relevant pages below.

  • Topic 3

    GCSE Geography

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    Exam Board Qualification Specification
    AQA Exam Board - GCSE Geography (4035) GCSE Geography 9035

    Geography offers you the chance to study some of the most important issues in the world today, ranging from the pressure on our resources to the implications of living in an increasingly global world. Geography is a broad subject and it is particularly relevant in today’s ever changing world. There are four units in this course:

    Unit 1: Managing Places in the 21st Century

    • Coastal Environments
    • Urban Environments

    Unit 2: Hostile World & Investigating the Shrinking World

    • Living with Natural Hazards
    • The Challenge of Extreme Environments
    • Globalisation of Industry
    • Global Tourism

    Unit 3: Controlled Assessment

    • Local Investigation including fieldwork
    • Geographical Issue Investigation - based on Energy in the 21st century or Water as a precious resource


    Students are taught to apply their skills and knowledge to real world situations. This allows them to understand how people’s decisions shape the world we live in.

    Geography is a flexible subject and it balances well with other disciplines. Being a good Geographer in this millennium is about having an interest in anything you see, hear or read about places and environments. A recent survey of employers showed that, “after Maths and English, Geography is rated as one of the most useful subjects because of the number of different skills used to study the subject”. There are numerous jobs and careers to which Geography provides an important contribution, not only in its content but also in its methods and the skills it teaches.

    Jobs such as: journalism, media, engineering, ICT, travel and tourism, environmental management, geology, accountancy, consultancy, marketing, business management, professional services and teaching. Geographers have been known to get on to graduate training schemes with large business multinationals such as Unilever, BP and ICI. Employers like to see Geography on a list of qualifications because of the skills covered and disciplines developed.

    Geographers are everywhere!


    There are 2 one and a half hour examinations (75%)
    Two pieces of controlled assessment written work produced under supervision (25%)
    Geography has two tiers: Higher and Foundation. Therefore it is suitable for all ability levels.

    Other Information

    Students will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork as part of the course.
    We are planning on running a residential visit to compliment and provide practical case studies for topics within all three units.