Geography Programme of study

Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions - recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them. 

Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. Learning through geography – helps us all to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, informed and responsible citizens and employees.


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn 1

Where in the world?


Coastal Landscape


Hazardous earth

Energy Decision Making Exercise



Urban issues and challenges


Urban studies fieldwork



Autumn 2

Weather and climate



Development and globalisation



Weather and climate-


Ecosystems and Tropical Rain Forests +cold environments, Weather and climate.

Spring 1

Ecosystems and Brazil


Climate change


Urban issues and challenges.


Changing economic world + coasts fieldwork

Spring 2

Urban issues

Global tourism

Resource management


Mock revision, urban fieldwork

Unit 3 Geographical decisions preparation

Summer 1


Tectonic hazards

Rivers patterns and processes

Unit 1 revision


Summer 2


Cold environments

Weather and climate


Coastal geography fieldwork



















GCSE paper 1- Living with the physical environment

GCSE Paper 2- Challenges in the human environment

GCSE Paper 3- Geographical applications



  • The challenge of natural hazards


  • The Living world


  • Physical landscapes in the UK



  • Urban issues and challenges


  • The changing economic world


  • The challenge of resource management

A synoptic exam paper in which students are able to demonstrate their knowledge from both human and physical geography.

Students apply geographical skills, critical thinking and problem solving to a ‘pre-release’ topic with issues arising from the topics studied in paper 1 and 2.


Students demonstrates their understanding of the geographical enquiry process, drawing on the fieldtrips they have undertaken.

1 hour 30-minute exam


1 hour 30-minute exam


1 hour 15-minute exam

30 %













Geography reading list.

Foundation years

Horrible Geography series:

Violent Volcanoes, Odious Oceans, Stormy Weather, Raging Rivers, Desperate Deserts, Freaky Peaks, Bloomin' Rainforests, Monster Lakes, Earth-Shattering Earthquakes, Cracking Coasts.

 Hunger Games – Geographical themes: resources, settlements, development

Mortal Engines – Geographical themes: climate change, resources, settlement hierarchies, development

Dust – Geographical themes: global conflict, resources, settlements, development


Bill Bryson’s African Diary. Bill Bryson Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe. Tim Butcher, Blood River. Tim Butcher, Chasing the Devil.  Jason Stearns, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters. Sam Childers, Machine Gun Preacher. Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography

Broadsheet newspapers: The Guardian, The Times, Independent, Daily Telegraph BBC News online: Al Jazeera English: Economist:

CNN online: The New Statesman magazine:

National Geographic: Association: Royal Geographical Society: Joint Nature Conservation Committee: