KS3 Geography

In Years 7 and 8, students study the following topics in Geography as part of the KS3 Humanities course:

Year 7

  • Map skills (including an enquiry into the local area).
  • Population and Development.

Year 8

  • Plate tectonics.
  • Sustainability (including an enquiry in to ‘How Green is our Academy?’).

The topics of work which students cover at Key Stage 3 develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world and a range of investigative and problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. It inspires students to think about their own place in the world, their values, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. Geography has many cross curricular links which helps students develop their understanding across a range of subjects. The topics, issues and skills covered during Year 7 and 8 provide an excellent foundation for GCSEGeography.

Students’ work is assessed at the end of each Module in a variety of different ways from newspaper reports to group presentations and extended writing.

Course Books and Equipment

  • New Key Geography: Connections
  • New Key Geography: Interactions
  • New Key Geography: Foundations
  • Planner, pen, pencils, colouring pencils, eraser, ruler and calculator

KS4 Geography

From September 2012 GCSEs went linear and the GCSE Geography course was improved to support these changes. If you decide to study Geography at KS4 you will study a wide variety of topics throughout the three-year course.

Year 9

  • ‘Around the World in a Module’ (an introduction to GCSE)
  • Restless Earth
  • Changing Climate
  • Battle of the Biosphere
  • Development dilemmas in Uganda project

Year 10

  • Water World
  • Coastal Change and Conflict
  • Extreme Environments
  • The Challenges of a Rural World (to include a residential to Norfolk).

Year 11

  • Population Dynamics
  • Consuming Resources
  • Globalisation
  • Development Dilemmas
  • The Changing UK Economy

All the topics studied throughout the course will help equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills for three exam based units and a controlled assessment unit. Each unit is worth 25% of the GCSE course

Course Books and Equipment

  • GCSE Geography Edexcel B Second Edition Student Book (Oxford University Press)/ Edexcel GCSE Geography B Evolving Planet new 2012 edition.
  • Planner, pen, pencils, colouring pencils eraser, ruler and calculator

Events and Visits

  • Year 9-London Aquarium and Science Museum
  • Year 10-Kingwood Centre at Overstrand, Norfolk (residential).

Key Dates

  • End of module 2 in Year 11-Final deadline for controlled assessment.
  • Exams for Unit 1,2 and 3 to be taken in June of Year 11.

KS5 Geography

A-level Geography offers a natural progression from GCSE. Students study the AQA specification that follows an issues and impacts approach to contemporary Geography that is suitable for all students.

During Year 12, students complete the following 2 units.

Unit 1 – Physical and Human Geography

  • Rivers, floods and management
  • Hot desert environments
  • Population change
  • Health issues

Unit 2 – Geographical skills (based on the content from unit 1)

  • Investigative, cartographic, graphical, ICT and statistical skills.

During Year 13, students study the following units:

Unit 3 – Contemporary Geographical Issues

  • Plate tectonics and associated hazards
  • Weather and climate and associated hazards
  • Contemporary conflicts and challenges.

Unit 4 – Geographical Fieldwork Investigation/Geographical Issue Evaluation

Course Books and Equipment

  • AQA Geography AS
  • AQA Geography A2
  • Planner, pen, pencils colouring pencils eraser, ruler, calculator, lined paper and ring binder.

Events and Visits

  • To be confirmed.

Key Dates

  • Exams and retakes only available in the summer exam period.