Geography Department

Geography inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, and their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. GCSE Geography allows students to travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies that include the United Kingdom, Brazil and Malaysia.


By the end of key stage 3, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the programme of study. Pupils should consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features. They should understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time. In doing so, they should become aware of increasingly complex geographical systems in the world around them. They should develop greater competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches and concepts [such as models and theories] and geographical skills in analysing and interpreting different data sources. In this way pupils will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding.

Topics include: Year 7- Africa, Map Skills, Ecosystems. Year 8- Geography of Disease and Population. Year 9- Development and Globalisation, Hazards, Weather and Climate.


Unit 1 – Living with the Physical Environment. Natural Hazards, Ecosystems including Rainforests & Extreme Environments, and Coasts & Rivers.   Unit 2: Challenges in the Human Environment.  Urban Issues and Challenges including a study of London and Rio de Janeiro, Changing Economic World, Natural Resources.  Unit 3: Geographical Applications.  Fieldwork and an Issue Evaluation, which contains a decision making exercise based on a pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before the Unit 3 exam. Fieldwork: As part of the course, you will take part in two pieces of fieldwork which will allow you to investigate different geographical issues in the real world. You will improve your literacy through your report writing and written work and you will also learn how to put forward your own opinion and convince others you are right! Fieldwork for Unit 1 will be an investigation into coastal management in Formby. Fieldwork for Unit 2 will focus on regeneration in Liverpool city centre.

Skills developed

Students are required to develop and demonstrate a range of geographical skills, including cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical skills, throughout their study of the specification. Skills will be assessed in all three written exams. Ordnance Survey (OS) maps or other map extracts may be used in any of the three exams. Within each skill there is often displaying key knowledge, explaining, evaluating and justifying your decision. Spelling, punctuation and Grammar is a focus to raise the importance of good literacy skills. Students should be able to communicate information in ways suitable for a range of target audiences.

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What is a Knowledge Organiser?

It is a document prepared by your teachers that summarises and condenses all the most vital, useful and powerful knowledge on a single page, that you need to remember to be successful.

If you use this document to help you when you study or revise it will help you to remember the key information and learn important subject specific words which will help you in your exams and assessments.

By using the Knowledge Organisers at home to support you with study it will help you when back in the classroom. Below is a list of potential ideas and tasks that you could follow to help with any subject. You will then need to find the knowledge organisers for the subjects you wish to study, and the topics that you are studying in class to complete the tasks below or those set by your teachers.



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