Year 7

The year 7 course aims to get students familiar with their local area and teach them the investigative skills required to be a successful geographer.

Autumn Term - Students learn the vital map skills of 6 figure grid references, measuring distance, identifying OS symbols, contours and describing a route.

Winter Term - Students investigate weather, climate and extreme weather and after studying UK floods, tornado and snow storms they get the opportunity to investigate an extreme weather event of choice.

Spring Term - Students will study what the greenhouse effect is and then have an opportunity to identify methods which enable us to live more sustainably.

Summer Term - The topic of Dynamic coasts will be studied. This illustrates how rapidly our coastlines are changing and the factors responsible for it. A visit to Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Stair Hole will form the basis of a fieldwork investigation.

Year 7 Trip to Lulworth

Year 8

The year 8 course builds on and extends the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in year 7. The scale extends to cover Europe and some of the most topical global issues.

Autumn Term - Students study the location of the European Countries, Capital Cities and main physical features. They then learn about the Europe and complete their own study of a European country.

Winter Term - Students will investigate the Geography of food, looking at why countries have varying access to food.  They will then learn about Fairtrade and the pros and cons of the idea and label. This includes chocolate tasting, T shirt designing and fun Fair trade games!

Spring Term - Students will study the interesting topic of amazing places which will involve students studying and the poles including the use of Antarctica and the impact of global warming.  They then continue with this topic focusing on desert locations including how they are used and the impacts of desertification. 

Summer Term - The topic of Tourism will be studied – looking at why Tourist destinations change over time, the impacts of tourism, before taking part in the SWGS geography department Young apprentice. Following a trip to Longleat Safari Park they will need to work in a team to design a new UK tourist attraction, before putting their ideas forward – Who will be Hired?

Year 8 Trip to Longleat

Year 9

The major theme of this year is global issues.

Autumn Term / Winter Term – Students study the location of the Main Countries of the World, Capital Cities and main physical features.  Students will study the exciting topic of violent planet – looking at tectonic activity occurs and what we can do to minimise their impact.  They study events from the past and present before students have to work together as a team of volcanologists to save the lives of thousands through accurate monitoring and evacuation, as the Montserrat volcano starts blowing smoke! 

Spring Term – Tropical Rainforests- the most diverse biome in the world, yet one of the most threatened, forms the basis for this final topic. Students will gain an understanding of where Tropical Rainforests are located and- how they are structured. They will then investigate plant and animal adaptations before putting all of their knowledge to the test by creating their own animal to survive in the Rainforest. We will finish by looking at destruction of the Rainforest and how they can be managed sustainably.

Summer Term - China forms the basis of a country study for this next topic. Students will investigate what China is like (culture and traditions), how China’s population has changed, how and why its development has rapidly increased and the issues associated with it.




GCSE geography will inspire, motivate and challenge you.  Geography will develop you as an effective and independent learner and you will become a critical and reflective thinker with an ever increasing mind.  Throughout the two years you will develop your knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and our changing world. 

Year 10  - AQA (8035) Specification

Year 10 Year 11

Physical Landscapes in the UK

• UK upland/lowland areas and river systems
• coastal processes, landforms, features & management
• river processes, landforms, features & flooding

The Changing Economic World

• global variations in development
• reducing the development gap
• rapid economic development (LICs and NEEs)

  • changes to the UK economy and growth

Urban Issues and Challenges

• rapid urbanisation and change
• urban growth and change in LICs/NEEs and the UK
• sustainable living

The Challenge of Natural Hazards

• types of natural hazards
• tectonic hazards - cause, effects, responses & management
• patterns of weather and climate
• tropical storms – causes, features, distribution & effects
• extreme weather in the UK & climate change

Fieldwork Projects (x2) (urban and coastal)

• data collection at a teacher chosen study area
• data presentation, analysis, conclusions and evaluation.

The Challenge of Resource Management

• inequalities in supply and consumption of resources
• supply and demand of resources in the UK
• demand for water resources, insecurities and strategies to increase supply

The Living World

• small-scale ecosystems (UK), global ecosystems location & features
• tropical rainforest - features, deforestation & management
• hot deserts - features, development & desertification.

DME Resource Review & Revision

• review of pre-release materials for DME examination
• revision should be conducted at home, in class (where time permits) and during lunchtime revision sessions.


Assessments (examinations):

Year 11 – Edexcel B (2GB01) specification

During this course you will study a total of four main units including:

Year 10

UNIT 2: People and the Planet 25% of total GCSE (1 hr written paper)
UNIT 4: Researching Geography - 25% of total GCSE (controlled assessment)

 Year 11

UNIT 1: Dynamic Planet 25% of total GCSE (1 hr written paper)
UNIT 3: Making Geographical Decisions - 25% of total GCSE (1 hr written paper)



Year 12 – OCR (H481) Specification

This course offers a balance between physical, human, and environmental geography providing knowledge, understanding and skills for further study and work.  Below is an outline of the units studied over the two-year course. 

Physical Systems (01

(22% of your total A-level)
Exam – 1hr 30min
(66 marks)

Human Interactions (02)

(22% of your total A-level)
Exam – 1hr 30min
(66 marks)

Geographical Debate (03)

(36% of your total A-level)
Exam – 2hr 30min
(108 marks)

Investigate Geography (04, 05)

(20% of your total A-level)
Non-examination assessment
(60 marks)

Topics studied include:
1. Landscape Systems- Coastal landscapes
a) Coastal landforms
b) Climate changes influence on coasts
c) Human influences on coasts
2. Earth’s Life Support Systems
a) Importance of water and carbon
b) How the water and carbon cycle operate in difference locations
c) Changes in the water and carbon cycles
d) Links between the water and carbon cycles
3. Geographical Skills
Topics studied include:
1. Changing Spaces, Making Places
a) What is place and how do we understand it
b) The influence of economic changes on social inequality
c) The players influencing economic change in places
d) The place making process
2. Global Connections
a) Global Migration
b) Global Governance – Human Rights
3. Geographical Skills
TWO topics from the following will be studied:
1. Climate Change
2. Disease Dilemmas
3. Exploring Oceans
4. Future of Food
5. Hazardous Earth

Plus Geographical Skills

Independent Investigation
This includes:
• A question or issue developed by the learner (you)
• Data and evidence collected from the field
• Independently presenting, analysing and summarising findings/data
• Reaching individual conclusions

Plus Geographical and Fieldwork Skills


AS-Level (H081) topics of study include ‘Landscape Systems’, ‘Changing Spaces, Making Places’, one topic from the Geographical Debates paper and fieldwork. 


  Unit Title Unit code and outlne Description
AS Unit 1:Global Challenges

60% AS (30% GCE)
1.5hr exam
Taken in Jan Yr 12

Data response, short answer questions & guided essay Questions (90 marks)
AS Unit 2: Geographical Investigations 6GEO2
40% AS (20% GCE)
1.5hr exam
Taken in June Yr12
Data response & extended writing to include investigation and evaluation skills.
A2 Unit 3: Contested Planet 6GEO3
60% A2 (30% GCE)
2.5hr exam

Section A: choice of 2 short essay questions from 5
Section B: Synoptic Investigation

A2 Unit 4: Geographical Research 6GEO4
40% A2 (20% GCE)
1.5hr exam

One extended essay question from a choice of 6 options.



At GCSE (AQA specification) there will be the opportunity to carry out fieldwork at the coast and in an urban area.  In the past we have visited Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Spit.

At A-Level (OCR specification) there will be four field work days in coastal and urban areas to hone your data collection skills and gather data for your non-examined assessment.  Previous trips have included day trips to Boscombe surf reef, Barton-on-sea, Studland sand dunes and the site of the London 2012 Olympics.