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At St Edward’s, the geography department aims to create a positive learning environment

At St Edward’s, the geography department aims to create a positive learning environment within the classroom that enables students to enjoy and confidently participate in lessons in order that they:

  • Develop a spatial awareness of physical and human patterns (people/land relationships) and their interdependence,
  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of the world at different scales (local, national and international,
  • Develop a sense of interest and concern in what they learn, thus enabling them to respond to existing and emerging issues in an enquiring and responsible way,
  • Develop a level of tolerance (a Christian response) and empathy that comes from an informed and factual knowledge of social and moral issues,
  • Develop an understanding of a broad spectrum of attitudes and values and to be able to express them objectively,
  • Develop study skills that will enable students to work independently and in groups, with initiative and skill,
  • Develop the skills of assessing and evaluating information to enable them to make educated decisions,
  • Develop a range of skills (including ICT) to enable students to conduct and record an effective log.


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students follow a curriculum that encourages them to think, through an enquiry approach.

Year 7

Unit 1: Extreme weather – How the weather is formed and how it can affect our lives

Unit 2: River flooding – Why people are attracted to rivers and the challenges it brings

Unit 3: Development issues – How development can be measured, identifying a development gap in the world

Unit 4: Extreme climate – How climate shapes people’s worlds

Unit 5: Mapping our world – How to read and construct a range of different maps

Unit 6: Coasts – Discovering how and why coasts are always changing

Unit 7: Tourism – What is happening in the world of tourism?

Year 8

Unit 8: Brazil – Brazil is an emerging country, a study of which will highlight global issues which can be related to many developing countries

Unit 9: Conserving our world – How best can we conserve our natural world?

Unit 10: Population pressure – The issues relating to people int he world

Unit 11: Restless planet – Studying volcanoes and earthquakes, the hazards and forces that drive them

Unit 12: Sustainable development – Coping with declining resources in the 21st Century

Year 9

Unit 13: Globalisation – Are our lives becoming more homogenized?

Unit 14: World of Sport – The role that sporting events can have in transforming places

Unit 15: Changing places – Investigating urban redevelopment and re-branding

Unit 16: Geography of Health – What can we learn from geographical patterns of health?

Unit 17: Geography of Crime – How can understanding locations of crime help us understand its occurrence?

Unit 18: Global China – How is China shaping the world in the 21st Century?


Key Stage 4

In our modern, globally interconnected society, it is more important than ever that people understand the world around them.  This new specification gives you the change to learn about those changes.  At Key Stage 4, students study for GCSE Geography.  

Year 10 New (9-1) Specification

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment – will give you a sound understanding of the natural world processes such as earthquakes and volcanoes, ecosystems, the atmosphere and climate and the water cycle. (35% of total GCSE)

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment – focuses on human geography.  You will study how populations grow and change, where people live and work and how they exploit and use resources. (35% of total GCSE)

Paper 3: Geographical applications – focuses on practical geography.  This requires field study skills and techniques. (30% of total GCSE)

Year 11 – Legacy (A*-G) Specification

Unit 1 – Dynamic Planet: Introduction to the Dynamic Planet. Compulsory topics: restless Earth, changing climate, battle for the biosphere and water world. (25% of total GCSE)

Unit 2 – People and the planet: Introduction to People and the planet.  Compulsory topics: population dynamics, consuming resources, globalisation and development dilemmas. (25% of total GCSE)

Unit 3 – Making Geographical Decisions.  This unit will assess students’ ability to make decisions about geographical issues and justify them.  (25% of total GCSE)

Unit 4 – Investigating Geography.  For this unit students need to complete a field work investigation and report.  They must complete one of the task provided by Edexcel, on one of the following themes: coastal environments, river environments, rural/countryside environments, town/city environments. (25% of total GCSE)


Method of Assessment

New Specification Exam Board: AQA

Legacy Specification Exam Board: Edexcel

Exam Based.


Pathways after Year 11

Geography is a broad based academic subject which is well respected by employers and educational establishments.  GCSE Geography may well be the first step to further education.  Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment.   Geographers enter a very wide range of career areas, the main benefit of studying geography is that the investigation focus will allow young people to develop an incredible range of transferable skills as well as important transferable attributes such as communication, presentation and team-working.  Some of the well-paid jobs geographers go into include: engineering, planning, researching and sciences, travel and tourism, banking and insurance, law, journalism, government, marketing, presenting, health services and management.


Key Stage 5

Year 12 New Linear Course

Component 1: Physical Geography

Component 2: Human Geography

Component 3: Geography fieldwork investigation.

Year 13 Legacy Course

Unit 1: Contested Planet

Unit 2: Geographical Research


Course Contact

Mr C Major

Geography Subject Leader

08.35 Students allowed on site

08:45 - 09:10 Tutor Time

09:15 - 10:10 Period 1

10:15 - 11:10 Period 2

11:10 - 11:35 BREAK

11:40 - 12:35 Period 3

12:40 - 13:35 Period 4

13:35 - 14:10 LUNCH

14:15 - 15:15 Period 5

16:30 Students off site

St Edward’s School Term Dates

St Edward’s School Term Dates