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.

Year 7

At KS3 all students follow an exciting, global and contemporary curriculum that investigates a range of important Geographical issues at local, regional, national and global scales. In Year 7 students cover five topics, including – Map Skills, A journey through the UK, A journey through Africa, A journey through Antarctica and A journey through Asia. Students develop their geographical knowledge by investigating important global issues that happen within the world’s seven continents, once they have completed an introductory topic, where they learn the important geographical skills.

Year 8

In Year 8, students continue to investigate Geography through the world’s continents. In Year 8 students cover five topics, including – A journey through the South America, A journey through Australasia, A journey through Europe and A journey through North America. Once they have completed the first four topics, students complete a local fieldwork project.

Year 9

At Newton Abbot College students follow a three year GCSE course that follows the AQA specification. Students complete the following topics;

  • Tectonic hazards;
  • Extreme weather;
  • Climate Change;
  • Urbanisation;
  • Urban change and Sustainable Urban Living.

Year 10

In Year 10 students continue to investigate a range of human and physical geographical topics. These include;

  • Coasts, Rivers;
  • Ecosystems;
  • Tropical rainforests;
  • Cold environments;
  • Global development;
  • Our changing economic world.
  • Students also complete their first fieldwork day at Dawlish Warren.

Year 11

In Year 11 students complete the AQA GCSE specification by . the following topics;

  • Changing UK economy;
  • Resources management and Global Energy Issues
  • Students complete their second fieldwork day in Newton Abbot. The remainder of the Year is spent preparing for the GCSE Geography exams

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