Geography has a distinctive contribution to make to the development of an understanding of the world and its people. It encourages an appreciation of the relationships between the physical and human processes that give rise to the distinctive character of places and environments and their interdependence.

The study of geography provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of and respect for the cultures and ways of life of other people. The study of the interrelationships between people and the environment allows consideration of how sustainable development affects the planning and management of environments and resources.

Throughout the school Geography contributes to

• an understanding of the spiritual, moral and cultural dimensions of education by requiring pupils to study issues in physical and human geography.

• environmental and sustainable development education by requiring the development of   understanding of processes and issues in the human and natural environment.

• health education through the requirement to study the impacts of processes which are health related.


  • Mrs T McGilligan (Head of Department)
  • Mrs A Woods
  • Miss T Daly
  • Mrs C McWilliams


Pupils enjoy an interesting and varied range of topics at KS3.

For example, in Year 8 pupils study:

  • Mapskills
  • World Mapwork
  • Rocks (Geology)
  • Weathering
  • Population
  • Settlement

In Year 9:

  • Farming (Primary Industry)
  • The Diamond Industry (Secondary Industry)
  • Tourism (Tertiary Industry)
  • Rivers
  • Meteorology

In Year 10:

  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Tsunamis
  • Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem
  • Desert Ecosystem
  • Development

Throughout the delivery of these topics, pupils have the opportunity to develop their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. They also build on their ability to work in teams and independently. We make links with Careers and help pupils identify and develop employability skills.


GCSE Geography

Exam Board


What will I study?

Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World

A: The Dynamic Landscape

B: Our Changing Weather and Climate

C: Restless Earth

Unit 2: Living In Our World

A: People and Where They Live

B: Contrasts in World Development

C: Managing Our Resources

How will I be assessed?

There are two tiers of entry: Foundation and Higher.

This is now a unitised specification. This means that students have the opportunity to sit Unit 1 at the end of Year 11.

There are two papers Unit 1 and Unit 2; each has a variety of questions ranging from skills based, and data response to case study questions.


Coursework %

We award 25 % of the marks for controlled assessment (Unit 3). This is a terminal unit. Students must complete a geographical investigation that is supported by a fieldwork report. It must be based on primary data collection (a field trip) and investigate a maximum of three hypotheses.



Students must complete two externally assessed units. The exams last 1 hour 30 minutes and are each worth 37.5 % of the final award. They are available in summer only. Unit 1 or Unit 2 can be taken in either the first or second year of the course. Both exam papers are made up of three sections. Section A is worth 50 percent; Section B and Section C are each worth 25 percent.

Post 16

A-Level Geography

Exam Board


Modules at AS Level (Year 13)

The AS course is divided into two units: AS 1 and AS 2.

AS1 This unit comprises two sections.

Section A Section A concerns skills relating to fieldwork.

Section B&C

This section is concerned with physical processes and systems and human interaction with them.

AS2 This unit comprises two sections.

Section A This section is concerned with skills and techniques. Students are required to respond to data of a quantitative and qualitative nature provided from secondary sources.

Section B This section is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally.

Modules at A2 Level (Year 14)

A2: 1   Human Geography and Global Issues

Section A: Human Geography

Impact of population change

Planning for sustainable settlements

A2: 2 Physical Geography and Decision-Making

Fluvial and coastal environments

The dynamic earth

Decision-making exercise

Case study Students are presented with a variety of resources and are asked to take on a particular role


Coursework %

Assessment Unit 3: Human Geography and Global Issues

This assessment unit takes the form of a 90-minute examination consisting of three sections.

Assessment Unit 4: Physical Geography and Decision-Making

This assessment unit takes the form of a 150-minute examination and consists of two sections.

There is no coursework element, however

Unit 4 does exam fieldwork skills



A2 1: Human Geography and Global Issues

Section A Students must answer two questions out of three (depending on the options they have studied).

Section B Students must answer one essay question out of four (depending on the option they have studied). 1 hour 30 mins   25% of A Level

A2 2: Physical Geography and Decision-Making

Section A Students must answer two essay questions out of three (depending on the options they have studied).

Section B All questions are compulsory. This exam includes a decision-making exercise based on a case study. 2 hours 30 mins. 25% of A Level

Career Opportunities

Geographers Emergency Management,

Market Researcher Traffic Manager (Shipper)/Route Delivery Manager,

Real Estate Agent/Broker/Appraiser

Environmental Manager

Forestry Technician

Hazardous-Waste Planner


Professor Cartographer/Computer Mapper

Geographic Information System Specialist Remote-Sensing Analyst

The list is endless and varied!


Year 10 pupils with their model volcanos created during the 'Plate Tetonics' Topic;







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