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Geography is a popular, academic subject that enables pupils to have access to a variety of opportunities in the future.  At GCSE level pupils need an enthusiasm for the world around them. They also need to be able to read and write to a high standard as well as the ability to interpret maps and graphs.  Over the two years, pupils will develop skills in research and to be able to analyse and explain the interaction between people and the environment that surrounds them.  We follow the AQA exam syllabus.

Mrs Brooks, Director of Foundation Subjects.

Subject Vision


St George’s provides a broad, stimulating and enjoyable curriculum, which engages, motivates and challenges all pupils, giving them the knowledge, skills and understanding to grow as individuals, preparing them for the next stage in their lives.

Broad – In Geography we teach a wide range of human and physical geographical topics at local, national and global level.

Stimulating – In geography students are encouraged to develop and use a range of geographical skills.

Enjoyable – in Geography we make the curriculum relevant to all pupil’s lives, and the world they live in.

Engaging – In Geography we use different teaching styles and encourage students to take part in numerous field study trips.

Motivating – In Geography we link different careers to the curriculum and share our passion for the subject.

Challenging – in Geography we challenge misconceptions and support all students to reach or exceed their full potential.



Key Stage 3

Year 10 Geography - GCSE AQA

Paper 1: Physical Geography - Term 1 to 4

Paper 2 : Human Geography- Term 5 & 6

Year 11  - GCSE AQA

Paper 3: Issues Evaluation - Term 1 to 4


Subject Information - KS3

Year 7

Term 1 Thinking like a Geographer and introduction to the UK
Term 2 Physical Landscape to the UK
Term 3 Weather and climate in the UK
Term 4 People in the UK (population)
Term 5 Kenya and Africa
Term 6 Map skills

 Year 8

Term 1 Work, Rest and Play in the UK
Term 2 Challenges and opportunities in the UK
Term 3 Our Unequal world
Term 4 World Cities
Term 5 Asia and Map Skills
Term 6 Coasts

Year 9

Term 1 Rivers
Term 2 Our Physical world
Term 3 Our living world
Term 4 Global issues
Term 5 Place
Term 6 Changing Urban environments


GCSE Subject information - KS4

Course Content

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 10 AQA Geography Paper 2
Urban issues and challenges Changing Economic World Resource Management

Field work – Stratford

Issues evaluation
Paper 1 – Rivers Coasts
Year 11 AQA Geography Paper 1

Field work to Reculver

Natural Hazards
Climate change The Living world Paper 3: Issues evaluation

Issues evaluation


Physical Geography

  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Weather Hazards
  • Climate Change
  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Hot deserts
  • Coastal landscapes
  • River landscapes

Human Geography

  • The urban world
  • Urban change in the UK
  • Urban sustainability
  • The development gap
  • Nigeria
  • The changing UK economy
  • Resource management
  • Food Management

Geographical applications and skills

  • Issue evaluation
  • Field work: one physical and one human
  • Geographical skills

How the Course is Assessed

  • 2 x 1 hour and 30 mins Exams
  • 1 hour exam

At the end of Year 11.


Where Next?

Applied and job-related learning
There is a range of vocational qualifications (such as BTECs, NVQ/SVQs and Diplomas) linked to an interest in geography including:

  • travel and tourism
  • environmental sustainability
  • construction and built environment
  • applied science
  • countryside and environmental management
  • agriculture
  • horticulture
  • uniformed public services

Apprenticeships There is a range of apprenticeships linked to geography, such as: agriculture, horticulture and animal care, e.g. ranger,  woodland manager leisure, travel and tourism, e.g. grounds person, travel adviser construction, planning and built environment, e.g. surveying technician

Academic subjects – such as A levels    You can study geography, archaeology, geology, humanities. Related subjects include history, biology, social biology, physics, sociology, economics, anthropology, environmental science, environmental management, global studies, government and politics, modern foreign languages. 

Skills and qualities - from studying geography

Teamwork You’ll need to be able to listen to other team members and take on board each other’s opinions and ideas.

Problem solving Some jobs particularly require problem solving skills and creative thinking to recognise problems and their causes, to identify a range of possible solutions and then assess and decide the best way forward.

Patience You’ll need to be able to tolerate waiting, delay, or frustration without becoming agitated or upset. Some jobs require lots of patience such as dealing with customers or clients who may be upset or unwell, and job roles where you have to explain or repeat information or instructions.

Organisation You’ll need to be able to plan and schedule work. This could include being able to prioritise what needs to be done and by when.

Communication If your job requires verbal communication you may need to write or give speeches and presentations. For jobs which require written communication skills you will need to write clearly an convincingly – you could be producing or dealing with legal documents or writing articles for a newspaper. You may also require good listening skills, the ability to negotiate or to be persuasive.

Attention to detail You'll need to be thorough and focused on details of a task. You'll monitor and check work, information, or plans.

Administration You may need to keep detailed records, follow business processes or make and manage appointments.

Analytics You’ll be collecting and examining information in detail to arrive at a solution, to answer a key question or make an informed decision.

Interpersonal skills You’ll need listening and speaking skills, as well empathy to build friendships and ensure good working relationships.


GCSE Geography - Course Information

GCSE Revision Information - KS4

 General Information (Useful Information for Parents

Useful Websites

BBC Bitesize - Geography
Wordpress - Geography

Any catch up or interventions

Click Here for the Revision Sessions available before the November Mock exams

Personal Learning Checklist Paper 1 Personal Learning Checklist Paper 2 Personal Learning Checklist Paper 3

Living World – Ecosystems, Rainforests

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Natural hazards – Plate boundaries, Earthquakes, Tropical Storms, UK Extreme weather, Climate Change

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Physical Landscapes – Coast and Rivers

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One Question a Day - Click Here

The Challenge of Resource Management = Click Here

The Changing Economic World = Click Here

The UK = Click Here

Urban Issues and Challenges = Click Here

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Example Exam Questions/Model Answers Paper 1 Example Exam Questions/Model Answers Paper 2 Example Exam Questions/Model Answers Paper 3

Q1 - To what Extent = Click Here

Q2 - Evaluate Fieldwork = Click Here

Q3 - Assess = Click Here

Q4 - To what Extent = Click Here

Q5 - Evaluate = Click Here

Q6 - Assess = Click Here

Choose either an earthquake or a volcanic eruption = Click Here

Coasts Brief = Click Here

Describe and Explain Vegetation Features of TRF (6 Marks) = Click Here

Rivers and Coasts Past Papers Questions = Click Here

Tropical Rainforest Exam Questions = Click Here

Structure Strips - Immediate Long Term Response = Click Here

Structure Strips - To what extent are primary effects more significant than secondary effects = Click Here

Graphics Organiser = Click Here

One Question a day = Click Here

Table of Questions = Click Here

Q1 - To what Extent = Click Here

Q2 - Evaluate Fieldwork = Click Here

Q3 = Assess =  Click Here

Q4 - To What Extent = Click Here

Q5 - Evaluate = Click Here

Q6 - Assess = Click Here

Table of Questions =  Click Here

Paper 3 Pre-Booklet

Past Questions for paper 3 - Field study section

Revision Workbook

Revision Materials/Sharepoint


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Job Opportunities / Careers


  • Teaching
  • Environmental Agency
  • Government
  • Politics
  • Tourism and Travel

Geography can be useful in different job families such as environmental science, engineering and manufacturing, animals, agriculture, plants and land, construction, leisure, sport and tourism, transport and logistics