Key Stage 3 Geography Curriculum map

Students consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features. They investigate how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time. In doing so, they should become aware of increasingly complex geographical systems in the world around them. They should develop greater competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches and concepts [such as models and theories] and geographical skills in analysing and interpreting different data sources. In this way students will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding.

At Key Stage 3, students will be taught the following:

Locational knowledge

  • 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

  • Understand geographical similarities, differences and links between places through the study of human and physical geography of a region within Africa, and of a region within Asia.

Human and physical geography

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

Geographical skills and fieldwork

  • Build on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the classroom and in the field.
  • Interpret Ordnance Survey maps in the classroom and the field, including using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping, and aerial and satellite photographs.
  • Use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data.
  • Use fieldwork in contrasting locations to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data, using multiple sources of increasingly complex information.

Assessments are undertaken at the end of each study unit to

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Where in the World? Dangerous Places Globalisation & Development
Map Skills Global Superpowers – India & China Middle East
Wild & Wacky Weather The Role of Stones Africa
Raging Rivers & Fantastic Floods Adventure Landscapes Glaciation
Population – 7 Billion & Rising Changing Coasts Russia
Migration USA Independent Research

Assessments are undertaken at the end of each study unit to

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Geography

Students follow the Edexcel Specification A syllabus.

What will I learn?

Course Content

GCSE Geography gives you the opportunity to understand more about the world, the challenges it faces and your place within it.

Component 1: The Physical Environment

  • Topic 1: The changing landscapes of the UK – students choose two from three, 1A: Coastal landscapes and processes, 1B: River landscapes and processes and 1C: Glaciated upland landscapes and processes.
  • Topic 2: Weather hazards and climate change.
  • Topic 3: Ecosystems, biodiversity and management.

Component 2: The Human Environment

  • Topic 4: Changing cities
  • Topic 5: Global development.
  • Topic 6: Resource management – including optional sub-topics from which students choose one from two, 6A: Energy resource management and 6B: Water resource management.

Component 3: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges

  • Topic 7: Geographical investigations—fieldwork.
  • Topic 8: Geographical investigations—UK challenges
  • Topic 7: Geographical investigations − fieldwork
  • Topic 8: Geographical investigations − UK challenges

How will I be assessed?

Component 1 = 1 hour 30 minutes exam (37.5%), Component 2 = 1 hour 30 minutes exam (37.5%), Component 3 = 1 hour 30 minutes exam (25%)

Skills needed for success

An interest in the World around you is desirable as you develop your place knowledge and ability to explain how landscapes change over time. You will also deepen your understanding of the interactions between people and environments. You will be able to investigate geographical landscapes or issues through fieldwork and become more competent with maps, GIS (Geographical Information Systems), and other digital sources.

What are the career options with geography?

Travel and Tourism (e.g. recreation, hotels, management), Environmental Services (forestry, agriculture, land-management, National Trust), Scientific Services (e.g. meteorology), Surveying, Geology, Engineering, Hydrology, Mathematical Services (e.g. customs, treasury, cartography, land registry), Armed Services or Teaching.