Year 7

Students will begin Year 7 finding out about Britain’s Place in the World and how this links with Geography. We will then study:

Population Change – the study of population growth, density and management. We also consider the impact of an ageing population and case studies of economic and forced migration. Looking at the impact of Chinas one child policy and the recent changes.

Kenya – an example of a less economically developed country. They consider the geography of the country, problems and solutions of life in Kenya.

China – We study China as an example of a Newly Industrialising Country, we consider the geography of the country, why it has grown economically, problems of industrialisation and sustainable solutions to these.

Changing Cities – a study how cities have changed and developed over time.

Year 7 also study a unit on rivers. We learn about different landforms and processes of erosion, transportation and deposition. The year ends with a trip to Exeter to study river management schemes.

Year 8

They will start with the study of Migration; a topic which is very much in the news at the moment, finding out the reasons for migration and which countries are being affected.

We will study the whether there is a ‘north-south divide’ in the UK looking at different indicators of development such as house prices and salaries in different locations of the UK.

Weather and Climate – this is studied at the local and national scale.  There is an opportunity for the students to conduct an investigation into the microclimate of the school.

They will learn about ecosystems, resources and environmental concerns for the World. Students will decide whether development would be allowed on Antarctica and how it could be managed. We will have a field trip to Longleat to study animal adaptations to different habitats.

There is a unit about sustainability where we consider ways in which we can be more sustainable and we decide if there is a future for fracking in the UK in terms of improving our energy security.

They will end Year 8 studying map skills – where they will learn how to read and draw maps.

Year 9

The final year of Key Stage 3 extends the student’s geographical knowledge and skills and is an introduction to GCSE Geography.

Topics covered will be:

Coasts – including a field trip to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door where they will study coastal processes and features and the impacts of tourists on a local beauty spot.

Trade, aid and development – where pupils consider the links between trade, aid and debt. They will consider how unfair trade can be reduced.

Plate tectonics – students will investigate the relationship between earthquakes, volcanoes and plate margins.  They further consider the social and economic implications of these phenomena with specific reference to earthquakes.

Economic Change – where pupils consider reasons for changing employment structures and look at a detailed case study of China and its growth of the secondary sector.

We will study the issue of ‘Blood Diamonds- the true cost of diamonds’ and the development of different nations and the spread of natural resources.

We will finish year 9 by looking at relevant news stories linked to Geographical themes.

At the end of Years 7, 8 and 9 there will be short units to introduce and develop Geographical Information System skills.


Reasons for studying Geography

The GCSE Geography course offers you an exciting approach to the subject. You will learn about a variety of global issues which are likely to affect people’s lives now and in the future. The emphasis on issues means that many topics covered will be straight from the news headlines but you will also learn about the environmental issues and the problems being faced in many of the world’s poorer countries.

The course will help you to develop a knowledge and understanding of local, national and global concerns. You will gain a number of key skills such as map reading, photo interpretation, analysis of information, debating and problem solving which, besides being of use in this subject, may help your success in other subjects.

Will Geography be useful to me in the future?

If you have a curiosity about the world around you and a love of current affairs, this could be the course to choose. The subject provides a sound basis for a wide variety of career opportunities. Your ability, at the end of the course, to research and analyse issues alongside the ability to gather data and produce reports, should equip you for further study or work.

How will I study?

Exam Board: Edexcel

Specification: A

Course Information:

Unit 1 The Physical Environment – 37.5% of GCSE; Exam sat in Summer of Year 11.

Unit 2 The human Environment  – 37.5% of GCSE; Exam sat in Summer of Year 11.

Unit 3 Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges 25% of GCSE; Exam sat in Summer of Year 11.


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How will I learn?

You will acquire a range of skills through a field work day on the South Coast, and a human fieldwork day, map and atlas work, using IT, graphic and presentational work, discussion and group work using a number of different resources. We use a variety of teaching styles including interactive lessons to access all pupils’ learning styles.



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