Key Stage 3

Year 7

In year 7 you will study the following the topics:

  • Autumn 1 – My Place in the World – Students will look at key geographical skills such as four and six figure grid references, lines of latitude and longitude, elevation and scale.
  • Autumn 2 – Fantastic Places – Students will look at the major world biomes and consider the differences in plants and animals at these biomes.
  • Spring 1 – Wild Water – looking at the landforms created by river processes.
  • Spring 2 – Africa- Continent of Contrast – Students will look at the development of various countries in Africa.
  • Summer 1 – Cracking Coasts – Students will look at the landforms that shape the UK coastline.
  • Summer 2 – Geography in the Field – Students will look at the theory of fieldwork and complete a small fieldwork project.

Year 8

In year 8 you will study the following topics-

  • Autumn 1 – Tourism – Students study the importance of tourism for both the holiday marker and the economy. Students will also look in detail the impact tourism has on the environment focusing on the Lake District.
  • Autumn 2 – Connected World  – Students will look at the impact globalisation is having on their everyday life.
  • Spring 1 – Risky World – Earthquakes – Students will study two earthquakes and compare the effects and responses to both earthquakes.
  • Spring 2 – Challenging Cities – students will consider how cities are designed and where they are located. Students will look towards the future with sustainable cities.
  • Summer 1 – Blue Planet – Students will look at the oceans and the impact humans and climate change is having on the oceans.
  • Summer 2 – Weather and Climate – students will consider the differences between weather and climate and undertake a small field study within the school site.

From 2021 year 8 students will study:

  • Autumn 1 – Risky World – Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Autumn 2 – Connected World
  • Spring 1 – Ice Age
  • Spring 2 – Challenging Cities
  • Summer 1 – Blue Planet
  • Summer 2 – Around the World

Year 9

In year 9 you will start the KS4 at Easter

  • Autumn 1 – How do people adapt to living with extreme weather? – Students will study the USA and the impact weather events are having on the population.
  • Autumn 2 – How does the human and physical geography of a place determine people’s quality of life? – Students will study Uganda looking at the development of the country and the opportunities and challenges the country faces.
  • Spring 1 – How do physical processes shape human activity? – Students will study the River Ganges and the impact human activity is having on the river.
  • Spring 2 – How have human processes shaped urban and rural areas? – Students will look at the case study of Brazil and the impact migration has on shaping the population of Brazil.
  • Summer 1 (GCSE Content) – UK Physical Landscapes – Rivers and Coasts
  • Summer 2 (GCSE Content) – The Physical Landscapes Fieldwork – Students undertake fieldwork in Carding Mill Valley applying skills studied in the UK physical landforms topic.

Key Stage 4

Course-  GCSE Geography

Exam Board – AQA

Exam Code – 8035

Paper 1  – Living with the Physical Environment 

Natural and Weather Hazards (including Climate Change)

Students study the location of earthquakes and volcanos, the effects and responses of two earthquakes (HIC and LIC). Students also look at the formation, effects of tropical storms and the responses to these. Students consider the increased weather hazards in the UK. Students look at the evidence related to climate change, the impact of climate change and potential strategies to mitigate the risk

Living World

Students will study the distribution of biomes, focusing in more detail on the Tropical Rainforest and Desert biome. Students will look at the opportunities and challenges within these two biomes, alongside plant and animal adaptations. Students will also study food chains and webs, linked to a freshwater pond ecosystem.

Physical Landscapes in the UK

Students look at the erosional and depositional landforms found along coastlines and rivers. Students will consider how coastlines and rivers are being shaped using specific case studies as evidence. Students will also look at the ways in which we can manage the coastline and rivers.


Paper 2 – Challenges in the Human Environment 

Changing Economic World

Students will look at the varying global levels of development and ways in which the development gap can be reduced. Students will study a LIC/NEE that is experiencing rapid development and how the UK is impacted by development.
Urban Issues

Students will consider the opportunities and challenges facing cities around the world. Students will explore in depth the opportunities and challenges in a HIC city alongside a LIC/NEE city.

Resource Management

Students will study the three main resources (food, water and energy) and why these resources are important. Students will then go on to study water management in more detail looking at small and large scale water transfer schemes.


Paper 3 – Geographical Applications

 Section A – Issue Evaluation

Towards the end of year 11 students will be provided with a pre-release based on a topic from paper 1 or paper 2. In lessons the pre-release will be analysed and students will answer questions based on the pre-release

Section B – Fieldwork

Students will answer questions linked to fieldwork skills and reflect on their own fieldwork practice. Students will complete two fieldtrips; a physical geography trip and a human geography trip.

Current Year 10

  • Autumn Term – Tectonic and Weather Hazards
  • Spring 1 – Climate change
  • Spring 2 – Urban Issues- Dharavi
  • Summer 1 – Urban Issues – Birmingham
  • Summer 2 – Fieldwork – Human –


2021 Year 10

  • Autumn Term – Tectonic and Weather Hazards
  • Spring 1 – Resource Management – Water
  • Spring 2 – Urban Issues- Dharavi
  • Summer 1 – Urban Issues – Birmingham
  • Summer 2 – Fieldwork – Human

Current Year 11

  • Autumn – Changing Economic World
  • Spring – Students will reflect on the two pieces of fieldwork collected and ensure that the data is represented and understood. Students will also work on the pre-release booklet.
  • Summer – Students will revise key concepts that link to all subject areas.

2022 Year 11

  • Autumn – Changing Economic World
  • Spring – Living World
  • Summer – Pre-release and Revision – Students will continue to look at the pre-release and revise key concepts linked to all topics.


Key Stage 5

Course-  A-Level Geography

Exam Board – AQA

Exam Code – 7037


Paper 1 – Physical Geography

Coastal Systems and Landscapes –  focuses on coastal zones, which are dynamic environments in which landscapes develop by the interaction of winds, waves, currents and terrestrial and marine sediments. The operation and outcomes of fundamental geomorphological processes and their association with distinctive landscapes are readily observable.

Hazards – focuses on the lithosphere and the atmosphere, which intermittently but regularly present natural hazards to human populations, often in dramatic and sometimes catastrophic fashion. By exploring the origin and nature of these hazards and the various ways in which people respond to them, students are able to engage with many dimensions of the relationships between people and the environments they occupy.

Water and Carbon Cycles – focuses on major stores of water and carbon at or near the Earth’s surface and the dynamic cyclical relationships associated with them. These are major elements in the natural environment and understanding them is fundamental to many aspects of physical geography.

Paper 2 – Human Geography

Population and the Environment – explores the relationships between key aspects of physical geography and population numbers, population health and well-being, levels of economic development and the role and impact of the natural environment.

Changing Places – focuses on people’s engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them, all of which are of fundamental importance in their lives. Students acknowledge this importance and engage with how places are known and experienced, how their character is appreciated, the factors and processes which impact upon places and how they change and develop over time.

Global Systems and Global Governance – focuses on the economic, political and social changes associated with technological and other driving forces which have been a key feature of global economy and society in recent decades. 

Fieldwork – NEA

Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. It must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content. The NEA is 3,000 to 4,000 words.