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Geography is taught to all students in Years 7 & 8 and is an optional subject in Years 9, 10 & 11. Geography is an important subject allowing students to broaden their understanding of the world around them.

Geography is about the world we live in, its people and interactions, how the world is changing, the impacts of human actions and considers the future of our world.

The subject provides students with the opportunity to develop knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of key physical and human processes and their interactions.

Geography not only gives better spatial awareness so we know where things are but deals with the big issues – sustainable living, fairtrade, poverty, renewable energy, migration, urban regeneration, food miles, floods, droughts and hazard management.

Year 7 & 8 students study a varied programme incorporating many topics within physical, human and environmental themes. Country studies and real-life scenarios and case studies are used extensively to support understanding throughout all year groups.


Year 7 & 8 pupils study Geography for one lesson a week and, across the key stage, cover a range of topics including:

  • Geography skills
  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes
  • Population and Settlement
  • Weather and climate
  • Rivers and flooding
  •  Ecosystems and endangered species
  • Crime
  • Coasts
  • Environmental concerns
  • Development and global fashion
  • Conflict diamonds
  • Tourism
  • Energy
  • Antarctica and Extreme environments
  • Coral reefs
  • Fieldwork skills
  • Country study – Kenya
  • Country study – Brazil
  • Country study – Philippines

Year 9, 10 & 11 students follow the Edexcel B “Evolving Planet” GCSE course. This consists of 4 Units, each worth 25%:

Unit 1:Dynamic Planet

  • Restless Earth
  • Changing climate
  • Battle for the biosphere
  • Water World
  • Coastal change and conflict
  • Extreme environments

Unit 2: People and the Planet

  • Population dynamics
  • Consuming resources
  • Globalisation
  • Development dilemmas
  • Changing economy of the UK
  • The challenges of an urban world

Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions

  • A decision making exercise incorporating 2 or more geographical themes from Units 1 & 2.

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment coursework

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  • Key Dates
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