‘‘Geography is a living breathing subject, constantly adapting to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me Geography is a great adventure with a purpose.’’  Micheal Palin.

At St Mary’s we aim to develop this enthusiasm and realisation by studying the real life issues which we all face. We aim to understand processes and concepts and apply our own knowledge to think about the global issues we face.

Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3
Students study a variety of topics to explore local and global geography as well as the interaction between physical and human geography.
Year 7

- Map and Atlas Skills

- Oceans

- Globalisation

- Weather and Climate

- National Parks


Year 8

- Water

- Middle East

- Coastal Management

- Ecosystems

Year 9

- Tectonic Hazards

- Urbanisation

- Climate Change

Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4

Our GCSE Geography course covers a diverse range of topics. It examines physical geographies, human geographies and the dynamic interaction between the two.

This is a one tier entry course that covers all grades 1 – 9. Students will sit the following examinations:

1.      Paper 1. Living with the Physical Environment – natural hazards, ecosystems, river and coastal landscapes in the UK. Worth 35% of the final GCSE grade.

2.      Paper 2. Challenges in the Human Environment – challenges and opportunities in megacities, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management. Worth 35% of the final GCSE grade.

3.      Paper 3. Geographical applications – issue evaluation, fieldwork, geographical skills. Worth 30% of the final GCSE grade.

Geographical skills are an essential component for success in the course so are taught and examined through all papers. As part of the course requirements, we undertake 2 fieldtrips in contrasting locations to develop enquiry skills.


Exam Board: AQA GCSE Geography

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Key Stage 5
Key Stage 5

Our A level course covers a diverse range of real world issues. In Y12 the course is split into Human and Physical Geography units. Units covered in Y12 include: ‘Coastal processes’, ‘Earth Life support systems’ ‘Changing Places, Making Spaces’,’ Global Migration’ and ‘Power and Borders


This provides a broad coverage to extend and debate key ideas in Y13. The chosen topics of focus include:

‘Future of Food’ and ‘Hazardous Earth’.


At the end of Y12, an individual project will be prepared, researched and written. This is a unit called ‘Investigative Geography’ and accounts for 20% of the final grade.


Examination components

Component 1 Physical Systems– 1hr 30 mins 22%

Section A – Changing Landscapes ( coastal processes )

Section B – Earth’s Life Support systems


Component 2 Human Interactions– 1 hr 30mins  22%

Section A – Changing Spaces, Making Places

Section B – Global Systems – Migration and Global Governance – Power and Borders

Component 3 Geographical Debates – 2hr 30 mins 36%

Section A – Hazardous Earth, Future of Food

Section B – Contemporary themes

Component 4 – NEA 20%


Exam Board: OCR

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For further information about the Geography curriculum please contact:

Miss Stones

Head of Geography Department