‘‘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

Students in KS3 Geography study a variety of topics that embrace the interaction between physical and human geography. Year 7 students will study 5 topics in depth. These 5 topics will focus around local and global geographies and introduce students to some ‘amazing’ places. Students in Year 8 will study 5 topics in depth that include an exciting mix of physical and human geography. The 3 topics studied in Year 9 focus around the ‘uncertain future’ of the World.

Year 7

· Our amazing World

· Global Village

· Settlements and housing


· National Parks

Year 8

·Unequal water supplies

· Conflict


· Coasts

· Ecosystems

Year 9

· Climate change

· Global cities

· Natural Hazards

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, living world, physical landscapes in the UK
  2. Paper 2. Challenges in the Human Environment – urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management
  3. Paper 3. Geographical applications – issue evaluation, fieldwork, geographical skills


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

Please note students in Year 11 in September 2018 are following the EDUQAS GEOGRAPHY B specification. The last examination for this specification will be Summer 2019. Year 10 students in September 2018 will follow the AQA GCSE Geography Specification.

If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact me in school.

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 ‘Human Rights’

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, known as NEA- non-examined assessment

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 – Migrations and Global Governance – Human rights

Component 3 Geographical Debates – 2hr 30 mins 36%

Section A – Hazardous Earth, Future of Food

Section B – Contempory themes

Component 4 – NAE 20%


Exam Board: OCR

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For further information about the Geography curriculum please contact:

Miss Stones

 Head of Geography Department

For further information about the Geography curriculum please contact:

Miss Stones

Head of Geography Department