Geography

Geography is invigorating, exciting and challenging. It allows students to understand the world they live in and make independent, informed decisions using this understanding. Geography is a link between the social sciences and the hard sciences and because of its cross disciplinary nature it teaches students a whole range of skills that can be used in academic learning and future careers.


Geography is very important and students study a wide range of topics such as; population growth, resource management, natural hazards, multiculturalism, industrial growth, economic development, environmental issues and much more. In Geography, students investigate issues that affect them and the whole world, and they understand how to overcome some of the serious global issues that we face today and in the future.

Year 7

Students are introduced to Geography through a range of contemporary topics. Students will develop important learning skills through a six topics. Within each topic students study issues linked to basic human and physical geography and they investigate issues in teams through a range of student-led activities. Topics for the year include:

  • Geographical skills;
  • The United Kingdom;
  • A journey through Africa;
  • A journey through Antarctica;
  • A journey through Asia.

Year 8

Students investigate six topics throughout the year, one each half-term. Students are introduced to more in-depth physical and human geography issues and they begin to develop case studies by studying real examples around the world. Topics for the year include:

  • A journey through South America;
  • A journey through North America;
  • A journey through Europe;
  • A journey through Oceania;
  • Geography fieldwork.

Year 9

Students start the AQA GCSE course. Students complete and range of Unit 1 and Unit 2 topics - Unit 1: Living with Physical Environment, Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment. Topics throughout the year include:

  • Natural hazards;
  • Climate change;
  • Weather hazards;
  • The urban world;
  • Urban change in the UK;
  • Sustainable urban development.

Year 10

Students complete and range of Unit 1, 2 and Unit 3 topics - Unit 1: Living with Physical Environment, Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment, Unit 3: Geographical application and skills. Topics throughout the year include:

  • Coasts;
  • Rivers;
  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical rainforests;
  • Cold environments;
  • Changing economic world;
  • Newly-Emerging Economies – Nigeria;
  • Fieldwork Day 1 – Dawlish Warren

Year 11

Students complete and range of Unit 1, 2 and Unit 3 topics - Unit 1: Living with Physical Environment, Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment, Unit 3: Geographical application and skills. Topics throughout the year include:

  • Changing UK economy;
  • Global resources – Food, Energy, Water;
  • Energy resource management;
  • Fieldwork day 2 – Newton Abbot.

Where can I find out more?

Point of contact:

Sam Groves

Team Leader of Geography and Raising Achievement Leader KS4

Contact Sam Groves who looks after this Geography course on:

Geography Globe