Curriculum - Geography


What course do we follow?


What will I learn?

This course is divided into three units which are studied across Year 10 and 11.

Unit 1 – Living with the physical environment

The word’s natural hazards such as earthquakes and tropical storms, extreme UK weather events and climate change. UK landscapes through its unique coast and many rivers that create distinctive landforms and require careful management. Small ecosystems and larger fragile ecosystems of hot deserts and tropical rainforests.

Unit 2 -Challenges in the human environment

Urban issues and challenges around the world, urban in a UK city and making cities more sustainable. Measuring and improving economic development countries. Rapid economic development and change in newly emerging economies. The UK’s changing economy and infrastructure. The distribution and demand of food, energy and water resources. Insecure resource resource supply and strategies to increase it where it is necessary.

Unit 3 – Geographical applications

Looking at contemporary geographical issues by analysing a range of source material to propose well considered solutions to accommodate various viewpoints. There are two fieldwork enquiries visiting two different places, one related to physical geography and the other to human geography, to collect and later present, analyse, explain, conclude and evaluate information.

How will I be assessed?

The entire course is assessed by examination at the end of Year 11. In total there are three examination; one for each Unit. The question types used across all examinations are a mixture of short answer, levels of response and expended prose.

Unit 1 examination is 1 hr 30mins and 35% of the total grade.
Unit 2 examination is 1 hr 30mins and 35% of the total grade.
Unit 3 examination is 1 hr and 30% of the total grade.

How will this subject help me in the future?

Studying Geography GCSE enables pupils to acquire and develop a wide range of valuable skills for later in life. It also provides them with an opportunity to gain greater knowledge and understanding through studying many places around the world across a variety of topics and contemporary events.

Geography is a subject that is regarded highly by employers. There is a range of careers where Geography would be valuable such as local government, surveying, charity and environmental organisations.


GCE A Level

The AS/A2 Geography course follows AQA Specification. The course includes an even balance of physical and human geography. A range of case studies, near and far, are incorporated into the course. The course provides a good base for a range of degree courses and employment.

Year 12 – AS Level

The Year 12 course includes both physical and human geography topics. The topics are:

· Rivers, floods and management (physical)
· Desert environments (physical)
· Population change (human)
· Food supply (human)

Year 13 – A2 Level

In Year 13, there is also a balance of human and physical geography. The topics studied are:

· Plate tectonics and associated hazards (physical)
· Weather and climate and associated hazards (physical)
· World cities (human)
· Development and globalisation (human)

A GCSE grade C is normally required from pupils studying Geography, ideally at higher tier. Students who have not taken Geography at GCSE level and want to take it at AS should discuss this with the Head of Geography. Some pupils, who have not studied Geography at GCSE, have taken Geography AS level and obtained a successful grade. Altogether for the full A Level, there are four assessment units and they are split so that there are two assessments in each year.

Year 12

There are two assessments near the end of Year 12 in June:

Unit 1: The assessment for Unit 1 is a 2 hour written examination which includes structured short and extended response questions about each of the four topics studied in Year 12.
Unit 2: The assessment for Unit 2 is a one hour written paper that examines geographical skills (working with ICT, maps, graphs, fieldwork, statistics, etc) on the topics from Year 12.

Year 13

There are two assessments in Year 13: Unit 4A and Unit 3 in June.

Unit 3: This is a 2½ hours written examination that consists of structured short and extended questions on one physical topic and one human topic from the Year 13 course. It also includes one essay.
Unit 4B: A geographical issue is evaluated using a range of information. This examination involves short and extended questions. There Anything

Else I Need To Know?

Fieldwork: In Year 12, in March, there is a two day field course. The fieldwork supplements topics in the Year 12 course and provides useful revision before the June examination. The location is Coniston in the Lake District. The cost should be approximately £50. Geography is a very versatile subject. Pupils intending to study Geography as a degree subject are advised to choose Maths/Science combinations. Careers with Geography as a component include – Local Government, Civil Service, Surveying, Civil Engineering, Lanstate Management, Local Authority Planning Departments and Tourism.