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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.

Year 7 Subject Information

  • Term 1 - What is Geography and map skills
  • Term 2 - Settlement
  • Term 3 - The Uk
  • Term 4 - Rivers
  • Term 5 - Transport
  • Term 6 - Africa

Year 8 Subject Information

  • Term 1 - Weather
  • Term 2 - Industry and Farming
  • Term 3 - World Issues
  • Term 4 - India and China
  • Term 5 - World Development
  • Term 6 - Coasts

Year 9 Subject Information

  • Term 1 - Ice on the Land
  • Term 2 - Volcanoes and Earthquakes
  • Term 3 - Ecosystems including tropical rain forests and hot deserts
  • Term 4 - Populations
  • Term 5 - Brazil
  • Term 6 - Changing Urban Environments focusing of Rio de Janeiro and London

Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE - Subject Information

Course Content

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.


Job Opportunities

  • 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

GCSE Geography - Course Information

GCSE - Course Content Checklist

Content Course Checklists -



Key Stage 3

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 7

An introduction to Geography and map skills - What is Geography?


Physical and Human features of the UK - The UK


Transport Kenya and Africa
Year 8 Weather and climate including extreme weather in the UK - Weather and Climate Industry and Farming - Economic Activity Resources and the environment - Resources  BRICS (Brazil, Russian, India, China and South Africa) - Asia India and China World issues: Global warming, energy, and poverty Coasts
Year 9 Ice on the land The restless earth - Natural hazards Living world (eco system and tropical rainforests) - Ecosystems Populations Changing urban environments Globalisation
Year 10 Urban Issues and Challenges Changing Economic World - Knowledge Organiser UK Physical Landscapes and Rivers Coasts including field trip to Reculver. Coast revision and Physical field study.
Year 11 Natural Hazards Living world Revision of Physical Geography Issues evaluation in preparation of the exam Exam for Paper 1 Exam for Paper 2 and Paper 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