Key Stage 3 Geography

Students are introduced to a wide range of topics that include both human and physical geography. Topics will be taught using a wide range of skills including textbooks, group work and first hand experience in the field.

Year 7 Topics 


 Topics covered

 Autumn Half Term 1               Stevenage and our local area                                             
 Autumn Half Term 2              Map Skills
 Spring Half Term    UK and Europe
 Summer Half Term    Weather and Climate


Year 8 Topics 



Topics covered  

 Autumn Half Term 1              Volcanoes and Earthquakes                                                 
 Spring Half Term 1    Development and Brazil
 Summer Half Term 1    Sustainable Development.


Key Stage 4 Geography

What is the title of this course?   -   Geography, Evolving Planet.

Examination Board:  Edexcel Syllabus B.

What level of qualification will I gain at the end of the course?   GCSE A*-G.

What are the main topics I will be taught?

Learners are taught about:

Unit 1: Dynamic Planet.

  • Topics include Restless Earth, Climate and Change, Battle for the Biosphere, Water World, Coastal Change and Conflict and Extreme Climates.

Unit 2: People and the Planet.

  • Topics include Population Dynamics, Consuming Resources, Living Spaces, Making a Living, Changing Cities and World at Work.

Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions.

 Unit 4: Researching Geography.

What type of learning activities will I undertake?

You will experience a wide and varied range of learning opportunities. Learners will undertake independent research, decision making exercises and develop their map work skills, this is supported by a brand new syllabus and text books.

You will also be expected to attend a fieldtrip in order to carry out a piece of coursework

 How will I be assessed?

  • Units 1 and 2 are assed by a resource based exam. This course is tiered a learners can take either Foundation or Higher Papers.
  • Unit 3 is a decision-making exercise based on pre released resources.
  • Unit 4 is a course work unit.

Each unit is worth 25% of the final GCSE marks.

Units 1 and 3 will be sat at the end of year 10. Units 2 and 4 will be sat at the end of year 11.

 What are the possible progression routes once I have this qualification?

With a grade C and above you will be able to extend your studies to AS and A2 Geography, all employers and universities value the broad range of skills provided by Geography. GCSE Geography provides excellent preparation for careers in planning, resource and countryside management, tourism and recreation, environmental management and development, and journalism.

Key Stage 5 Geography

Geography AS Level.

Geography looks at how the world is changing, at what is happening in the physical and human environment, examines why these changes are taking place and analyses their effects. It also looks at the relationships between people and their environment, how people are controlled by their surroundings and how people affect the area in which they live.

You will learn to understand the different cultures and groups within a multi-racial world by studying a selection of cultures and environments. The course examines current issues and will help you to develop a range of skills valuable in all areas of life - research, analysis, data collection and team work. You will learn to evaluate the quality of human and physical environments through problem solving, research and analysis.

Syllabus description and brief outline of units -  


Unit 1: Global Challenges

This unit includes the World at Risk which studies global hazards and climate change, and Going Global which looks into globalisation and population migration.

This is assessed through an examination which will make up 30% of the total GCE marks.

Unit 2: Geographical investigations.

For this unit we will be studying Crowded Coasts and Rebranding Places. This unit will involve fieldwork.

This is assessed through an examination which will make up 20% of the total GCE marks.


Unit 3: Contested Planet.

This unit involves students studying 6 compulsory topics surrounding the consumption and management of resources.

This is assessed through an external examination which will make up 30% of the total GCE marks.

Unit 4: Geographical Research.

Students will select one of six optional topics to study.

This is assessed through an external examination which will make up 20% of the total GCE marks.

 Career paths

Geography combines well with many other 'A' level subjects and is an excellent basis for many career options. The skills of data analysis and decision making are in demand in marketing, planning, business and finance, scientific services, management and administration and conservation, to name but a few.

Course requirements: Grade C in Geography GCSE Higher paper.

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