Geography Department

Keys Stage 3 Geography – The National Curriculum.

Students will extend their locational knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the world’s countries, using maps of the world to focus on Africa, Russia, Asia (including China and India), and the Middle East, focusing on their environmental regions, including polar and hot deserts, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities. Place knowledge Students will understand geographical similarities, differences and links between places through the study of the human and physical geography of a region in Africa and a region in Asia. Human and physical geography: Students will understand, through the use of detailed place-based exemplars at a variety of scales, the key processes in:

physical geography relating to: geological timescales and plate tectonics; rocks, weathering and soils; weather and climate, including the change in climate from the Ice Age to the present; and glaciation, hydrology and coasts

human geography relating to: population and urbanisation; international development; economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors; and the use of natural resources

Students will understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on the effective functioning of natural systems.


Year 7

The Geography of the UK

Map Skills and Atlas Work

Weather and Climate

Settlement and Urban Environments

Economic Activity

Coastal Landscapes

Year 8

Global Population Growth

Living World

Tectonic Activity

Economic Development

River Landscapes

Natural Resources

Key Stage 4 Geography: GCSE

AQA Specification A

Paper 1; Living with the physical environment

Section A

The Challenge of Natural Hazards

Natural Hazards

Weather Hazards

Climate Change

Tectonic Hazards

Section B

Living World


Tropical rainforests

Hot deserts

Section C

Physical landscapes in the UK

Physical landscapes in the UK

Coastal landscapes in the UK

River landscapes in the UK

How it’s assessed Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG), 35% of GCSE.

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

Section A

Urban Issues and Challenges

Urban areas in LICs

Urban areas in NEEs

Managing urbanisation

Section B

Changing Economic World

Economic development

Reducing the development gap

Section C

The Challenge of Resource Management

Resource management

Water management

Resource management

How it’s assessed Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 88 marks (including 3 marks for SPaG), 35% of GCSE.

Paper 3: geographical applications

Geographical Investigation

Selecting, measuring and recording data appropriate to a chosen enquiry.

Selecting appropriate ways of processing and presenting fieldwork data

Describing, analysing and explaining fieldwork data

Reaching conclusions and evaluating the geographical enquiry

Geographical Skills

Cartographic skills

Graphic skills

Numeracy skills

Statistical skills

Qualitative and quantitative data analysis

Literacy skills

How it’s assessed Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes, 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG), 30% of GCSE, Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam.

Key Stage 5 Geography: A Level

AQA A Level

Physical Geography

What’s assessed?

Section A: Water and carbon cycles

Section B: Coastal systems and landscapes

Section C: Hazards

How it’s assessed?

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 120 marks, 40% of A-level.

Human Geography

What’s assessed?

Section A: Global systems and global governance

Section B: Changing places

Section C: Contemporary urban environments

How it’s assessed?

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 120 marks, 40% of A-level.

Geographical fieldwork investigation

What’s assessed? Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content. How it’s assessed?

3,000–4,000 words

60 marks

20% of A-level

marked by teachers

moderated by AQA

For further information about any of these courses please contact Mr. Woolley the Head of Geography.

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  • Sewerby Road
  • Bridlington
  • Y016 6UR