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Key Stage 3 

Contact Teacher:

Mr C Bradbury (Head of Geography):

Grouping/organisation/setting/teaching time:

Geography at KS3 is taught in mixed ability tutor groups.

Course Content/Skills Learnt:

Students will be exploring different geographical ideas and concepts through a 'journey' around the continents of the world.  Students will develop skills of enquiry, interpretation and map-reading through a variety of different topics.  This will prepare students for further study at geography GCSE.

Europe: Students will explore the physical and human features of Europe and look at the topical issues of Scotland's possible independence from the UK and the on-going debate of the UK's membership of the European Union.  Students will look at the benefits and issues surrounding immigration in the UK and then focus on the costs and benefits of tourism in Europe.  Students will explore coastal process and management.

Africa: After exploring the physical and human features of Africa, including the famous Savanna biome and the five big animals everyone wants to see on safari, students will explore developmental levels within African countries.  This will be done through a variety of indicators, including health indicators.  Different approaches to development will be explored such as aid and fair trade.  The geography of conflict will be looked at through a case study of events in Sudan and students will have the opportunity to explore Madagascar and its unique wildlife.  Students will develop enquiry and decision-making skills through an exercise which looks at the environmental impacts of development in Madagascar and will assess evidence available to decide how to manage its future.

North America: The Rocky Mountains, the Mojave Desert and the Mississippi river are three major physical features of North America and students will develop their understanding of how these natural landscapes were formed and how people have adapted with the continents, including tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes through a variety of case studies.  An exploration of developed world cities and issues associated with them will be undertaken and the impact that this has on society will be explained.  The modern culture of the USA and its impact on global societies will be explored.

South America: South America is a land of contrasts.  Students will explore the theory behind plate tectonics by asking how the Andes mountain range came into existence and why it looks like South America and Africa look like two pieces of the same jigsaw.  Students will look at how these unique environments of the Amazon rainforest determine how and where plants and animals survive through adaptations and understand how the Amazon river works as a natural system.  Students will explore the unique cultures of the Amazonian tribes.

Asia: With two of the world's superpowers within its lands Asia cannot be ignored.  China has the largest population of any country and has taken controversial steps to try to control its population growth.  The social impacts of this will be explored and the growth of industry will be discovered.  India will be considered in terms of its development.  Again, it is now strengthening as a world superpower and many of its residents are becoming rich and powerful, though with millions living in slums, it is not an even distribution of wealth.

Oceania: Oceania is the only continent in the southern hemisphere that is considered largely developed.  Comprising mostly of Australia and New Zealand students will get to explore the unique landscapes such as the outback and Great Barrier Reef.  Students will learn about the impacts of living in hot environments such the outback and threat of bush fires.  The life of the indigenous people will be explored to gain an understanding of the unique culture and the impact of climate change in modern Australia will be discovered.

Frozen places and climate change: Students will look at the physical features of the Arctic and Antarctica and explore the effects of ice and glaciation on the planet.  The impacts of climate change at the poles, and the implications this has for our entire globe will be developed and understood by looking into the causes and impacts of past ice ages.  The influence of Russia, where much of the country lies within the Arctic Circle, will be researched and students will develop their enquiry skills through scrutinizing 'who owns the Arctic?'


End of unit assessments are carried out through a variety of assessment methods – project work, extended writing tasks and display work.


Homework is set weekly and enriches the learning taking place in the classroom.

How parents can help:

Students always benefit from having support and help with their homework. Some ideas are that you can watch the news with your child, read newspapers together, discuss current affairs and look up the location of places. There are many useful websites which you can encourage your students to explore.  A good practice website for helping students with map skills is  The Ordnance Survey provides a lot of educational materials which provide practical activities to develop skills.

Key Stage 4

Geography GCSE



Qualification type


For more information speak to

Mr Bradbury


Geography is everything- You see it, you feel it, you experience it.  GCSE geography gives you an insight into how the world works both physically and at a human level.  It studies contemporary issues such as the Refugee crisis in Syria, the Japanese Tsunami, human rights, and the loss of natural habitats.  It’s a GCSE that is interesting and relevant, your teachers will be passionate, will make it fun and it will rub off on you!

Key Stage 5 

Find out more about our sixth form courses.

Travel & Tourism Level 1/2

Geography A Level

Travel & Tourism Level 3