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Year 7

Map skills- What is Geography? Place knowledge (continents, oceans, countries, capitals), grid references, direction and scale. How to find your way around.

Survivor- Imagine if the worst happened, could you survive? Further map skills The Water Cycle, Ecosystems.

Food- Where does our food come from? Why do some places not have enough? How is food produced?

Rivers- What is the hydrological cycle? Features of rivers, flooding and flood management.

Ecosystems- What are the different types of ecosystems? How do our ecosystems work? How are parts of our ecosystems linked to each other?

Weather and climate- What affects our climate? Climate change, global warming and weather events. Tropical storms- Typhoon Haiyan.


Year 8

Population- Issues with increasing population and reasons for population change. Megacities and life in Lagos.

Tectonics- Structure of the Earth, volcanoes and earthquakes.

Africa- The colonisation of Africa, misconceptions, issues and opportunities. The physical landscape of Africa and its economy and development.

Geographical skills- A full range of skills taught and revisited just in time for the start of the GCSE. All of those essential skills needed for success.


The Geography GCSE (AQA Specification A) aims to build on the topics covered in Years 7-8 as well as introducing a new places of study. The course is split into 3 sections.


  1. Paper 1- Living with the physical environment
  2. Paper 2- Challenges in the human environment
  3. Paper 3- Geographical Applications (including fieldwork)



Paper 1 topics

Section A: The Challenge of Natural Hazards- Tectonic Hazards, Weather Hazards and Climate Change.

Section B: The Living World- Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests and Hot deserts.

Section C: Physical Landscapes in the UK: Rivers and Coasts.

This is assessed in a 1 hour 30 exam paper worth 35% of the total marks.

Paper 2 topics

Section A: Urban Issues and Challenges.

Section B: The Changing Economic World.

Section C: The Challenge of Resource Management (including the food option).

This is assessed in a 1 hour 30 exam paper worth 35% of the total marks.

Paper 3

Section A: Issue Evaluation

Section B: Fieldwork

This is assessed in a 1 hour 15 exam paper and is worth30% of the total marks.


Future Opportunities

GCSE Geography opens up a wide range of possibilities for a career in the future. Many GCSE Geography students go on to study the subject at A level and degree level at university, whilst others use the skills they have developed to study Geology, Meteorology or various careers in scientific research and the civil service.


 Extra-Curricular Opportunities

At Key Stage 4 extra revision sessions are held each week after school. Revision days are also held during the Easter and half term holidays. Key stage 4 pupils also complete a field work day to collect data for their paper 3 fieldwork exam.