Studying Geography gives pupils the opportunity to travel the world via the classroom, learning about both natural and social sciences along the way. It provides pupils with a holistic understanding of our planet, its systems and how we, as humans, are impacting our world. Pupils learn to appreciate the complexity of our world and the diversity of its environments, economies and cultures. Through Geography, pupils develop an understanding of the global political issues that occur between countries, cultures, cities and their hinterlands, and between regions within countries.
Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8

Where is my place in the World? 

Throughout year 7, students will focus their studies on the geography of the UK which starts with a skill focussed topic.  This topic is designed to build students geographic skills that they will apply throughout their geography lessons.  It is focussed on Bradford, with some local fieldwork, and introducing the UK.

How has Bradford changed overtime?

This topic continues to develop the students’ knowledge of their home city and how it has changed over time.  Key areas of focus include migration, health and regeneration. 

Physical processes and landscapes in the UK

From Bradford, students start to investigate the UK and how physical processes have shaped and will continue to shape the land we live on.  It covers glaciation, coastal and river processes and landforms.  

How sustainable is the UK?

Students continue to look at the UK but now from a human perspective linked to sustainability.  They look at how resources are used, where they come from and if they can be used more sustainably. 

Climate Change 

Having developed an understanding of the resources, students look at the impact of the way humans use them.  This topic area starts off with a focus on the effects for the UK but ends by looking at climate change as a global issue.  This sets the scene for year 8 where students will widen their focus to look at global geography. 

Natural Hazards

Following on from year 7, students start year 8 by looking at tropical storms and whether these are getting worse as a result of climate change.  This topic then branches out into other natural disasters and ends with a comparison of the effects between richer and poorer areas of the world. 


Students continue to look at the differences between the rich and the poor in the world as they begin to look at the development gap.  Through this topic, they develop an understanding of the contrasts that exist and the reasons for them. 


Development is put into context through a case study example of India. It examines reasons for India’s economic development and looks at how globalisation has increased it. 


During the previous two topics, several elements of globalisation have been incorporated mainly linked to global trade.  This topic builds upon these ideas, assessing them in terms of advantages and disadvantages for the countries involved.  It goes on to examine environmental impacts of globalisation and how a globalisation can be made more sustainable.  


One of the effects of globalisation is environmental damage.  In this last topic of year 8, students look at global biomes, their characteristics and how they are being damaged by human actions. 

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Natural hazards: tectonics, weather hazards (tropical storms) and extreme weather in the UK
  • The living world: rainforests and hot deserts
  • Urban issues and challenges
  • Physical landscapes in the UK: river landscapes
  • The changing economic world
  • Fieldwork
  • Issue evaluation (with pre-release material)
  • The challenge of resource management
  • Issue evaluation (with pre-release material)

Formal assessments takes place at the end of each topic.  There are formative assessments built into each topic area.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Geography (8035)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of fieldwork trips throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.