Mr J A Douglas - Head of Geography    Mr K Rinder 
Mr M Ellis Mrs S Swindlehurst
Miss M Houlan Mrs E Wilkinson
Mr R Mason  

Department Overview

Geography is taught to all lower school students and is a very popular GCSE option. This enhances the students' awareness of contemporary geographical issues in Britain, Europe, and the developing world. A fieldwork investigation is undertaken. Many students choose to study geography in the Sixth Form. Students are given a good grounding in both physical and human geography, both courses examining the way in which humans interact with their environment.

Year 7

Initially focuses on the local area, gradually extending the scale to world geography. The course enables us to examine some local issues such as the problems created by tourism. Map and atlas skills are developed through the year. In the summer term we study settlements, environmental issues.

Year 8

Looks at coastal landforms and coastal management, ecosystems and the coniferous and rainforest environments, Antarctica, weather and climate and the management of water supplies. A field trip is run to St Bees.

Year 9

The aim is to broaden knowledge of the wider world and study issues which surround us and the other people in our world.

Students use the Information Technology facilities extensively to research aspects of Uganda. Having identified a number of measures of wealth, they then investigate Japan – a strong contrast to Kenya.

The natural environment is studied by developing an understanding of plate tectonics and investigating the effects of earthquakes and volcanic activity in different locations. The emphasis is on how people respond to and manage these hazards to minimise the impact they have on people's lives.

A study is made of transport, both public and private. Problems are assessed and possible solutions put forward.


GCSE Geography

Why study Geography?

Geography is a subject that allows a student to study some of the major issues facing the planet today.  Anytime you switch on the news or open a newspaper there is generally something that is related to geography, whether it is a natural disaster somewhere or the movement of people around the planet.  The job of a geographer is to understand the range of causes and impacts to these events and then come up with possible solutions. Alongside this, geography enables a student to be proficient in a range of skills such as statistical, graphical, writing, map work, and mathematical understanding.

The world is constantly changing and it needs geographers to understand and manage this change.

Features of the course:

The syllabus includes a balance of human and physical geography, which will be examined in two separate papers. Alongside this there will be a third paper which will assess the students’ understanding of local fieldwork investigations that they have carried out and geographical skills.

Human geography: key elements of this section include urban change and the associated challenges in rich and poor countries and resource management , which involves coming up with ways in which we can meet our increasing energy demands.

Physical geography: the students will be required to have a detailed understanding of the physical landscapes in the UK and the causes and challenges posed by natural disasters.

Fieldwork: Students will carry out two local fieldwork investigation and will be expected answer questions on these in an exam.


The local fieldwork trips will offer an opportunity to reinforce some of the key features of the course such as glacial landforms as well as collect the data required for the fieldwork.

Throughout the course the department will put on a range of extra sessions aimed at exam technique, revision and fieldwork.

What opportunities for progression does it offer?

Studying geography offers a pathway into the other earth science topics, geology and environmental science, at A-Level. Alongside this the skills that are required for geography are beneficial for a range of other A-Level subjects.

Key information:

Topics for Study:

Human and physical geography

Assessment summary

2 x 1 hour 30 minutes examination

Local fieldwork investigation assessment

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A-Level Geography

Why study Geography?

An A-Level in geography encourages learners to apply geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them. In turn, this will enable learners to develop a critical understanding of the world’s people, places and environments in the twenty-first century. Learners will develop both knowledge and understanding of contemporary geographical concepts together with transferable skills that will enable them to progress to higher education and a range of employment opportunities.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE and particularly aims to develop a deeper understanding of, and ability to apply, the concepts of place, space, scale and environment.

Features of the course:

The subject content focuses on the dynamic nature of physical systems and processes in the real world, and on the interactions and connectivity between people, places and environments in both time and space. The core themes are divided into separate physical and human themes. The non-core content draws on both physical and human geography and people-environment interactions. All themes integrate geographical skills, scale and specialised concepts.

Fieldwork is integrated into the course and covers both physical geography and human geography.

Key information:

Topics for Study:

Unit 1: Changing landscapes

Unit 2: Changing places

Unit 3: Global systems and global governance

Unit 4: Contemporary themes in geography

Unit 5: Independent investigation

Assessment summary

3 x 2-hour examination (24% each)

1 x 1 hour 30 minutes examination (16%)

1 x independent investigation of 3000-4000 words (20%)

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Geography

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