Mr G Godwin,

Head of Geography

Mr I Jones


Exam Board: AQA

Welcome to the Geography Department! In simple terms, geography is the study of where places are, what they are like, what life is like in them, and how and why they are changing.

It helps pupils to:
Read and use maps, atlases and diagrams
Gain a knowledge of the world and understand current events
Appreciate different cultures in this country and abroad
Become aware of physical and human environments

Knowledge, skills and attitudes learned in geography can help pupils to understand work in other subjects. As well as this, geography gives pupils a greater awareness of day to day life. Geography is everything in front of your nose – enjoy it while you can!
Geography makes the world go round!

The study of Geography helps students develop a wide range of skills applicable to a variety of situations and other subject areas, as well as giving them an essential knowledge and understanding of what is taking place in the world around them. Geography also equips students with a wide range of skills demanded in the workplace.

The course is open to students of all abilities. However, students opting for this subject will need to meet the requirements of the examinations, and also to show a commitment and a willingness to learn.

The GCSE Specification covers the following components:

Paper 1 (35%): Living with the Physical Environment.
Section A: Challenges of Natural Hazards (including tectonic hazards, weather and climate)
Section B: Physical Landscapes of the UK (including coasts and rivers)
Section C: Living World (including ecosystems, rainforests and deserts)

Paper 2 (35%): Challenges in the Human Environment.
Including: Urban issues and challenges, changing economic world, resource management (food, water, energy)

Paper 3 (30%): Geographical Application
Including: Evaluation of a topical geographical issue, fieldwork skills and interaction

Geography is undoubtedly becoming a more wide-ranging GCSE and the new specification covers a dynamic and topical range of content. Fieldwork remains an important component and students can expect to conduct at least two pieces of contrasting fieldwork to transfer skills and understanding from the classroom into the world outside.

Geographers develop a number of learning skills while they study a wide range of physical and human topics. Detailed information on the syllabus for years seven, eight and nine can be found elsewhere on this site.