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? 

  • This topic covers local geography (including local fieldwork) and key geographical skills.

Fluvial Processes

  • This topic covers water on the land looking at how rivers change along their long profile.


  • This topic covers the physical and human contrasts within India.


  • This topic examines the increasing interconnectivity between countries.

Population and Development 

  • During this topic pupils will study why populations change and how this links to development.
Natural Hazards

  • This topic covers tectonic and weather hazards

Extreme Environments

  • This topic covers a range of challenging environments include rainforests, hot deserts and high altitude regions


  • This topic covers key issues and challenges associated with an increasingly urban world.

Resource Management

  • This topic covers the challenges and opportunities created by our need for food, energy and water.

The Coastal Zone

  • This unit looks at processes that shape our coastline and the opportunities coasts create for people (including field work).
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.