Curriculum – KS4 Geography

Why Choose Geography?

  • Employers and universities consider Geography to be an extremely relevant and useful academic subject. The new syllabus has created a multitude of new and transferable skills in the workplace.
  • You will be taught in a variety of ways including the use of ICT and
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS), research, investigations, role-plays, debates, and presentations.
  • Students who opt for Geography have achieved excellent GCSE results.
  • There is an opportunity to go on a residential fieldtrip to the Lake District in the Autumn term, which is hard work but excellent fun.
  • To find out what is really going on in the world you need to study Geography!

Course Content

This course allows students to gain a greater understanding of the world around us. It involves the study of how places and people change over time and how we affect our environment. In opting for Geography, you will study topical issues and current affairs that will affect everyone both now and in the future. It is a subject about your world! The syllabus meets the demands of the modern workplace. Units are exciting, interesting and relevant and give both physical and human geographers opportunities to explore the complexities of our ever changing world.

Unit 1 – Living with the Physical Environment

The Challenge of Natural Hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, climate change), The Living World (ecosystems, rainforests) and Physical Landscapes in the UK (water on the land and ice on the land).

Unit 2 – Challenges in the Human Envrionment

Urban Issues and Challenges, The Changing Economic World and The Challenge of Resource Management (Food, water, energy).

Unit 3 – Geographical Applications

Involves using the results from fieldwork to answer a skills based exam paper and an evaluation of a key geographical issue (given to students three months before the exam.


Exam Board – AQA, Specification 8035
Final Grade – New GCSE Grades 1-9
Structure of Assessment
35%: Final written exam – physical geography
35%: Final written exam – human geography
30%: Final written exam – fieldwork & geographical skills