Year 7 & 8

Through Years 7 & 8, learners are gradually introduced to Geographical skills before applying this knowledge to complex units of study.

At present, Year 7 learners study units on the Geography of Water, Fantastic Places, Changing China and UK Geography. By the end of Year 7, learners will:

  • Understand how Geographers enquire into the distribution of water and who is affected by these patterns.
  • Develop knowledge of some of the world’s most unique ecosystems, learning how to explain their characteristics.
  • Learn how globalisation and economic development is altering the Geography of China.
  • Reflect on some features of the UK’s human and physical geography using the skills acquired throughout the year. In Year 8 learners study units on India, Changing Climates and will begin to focus on the extra skills necessary for study at GCSE level.

By the end of Year 8, learners will:

  • Understand the specific features of India’s environment and how their population is changing.
  • Analyse climate change through evidence and assess its potential to change various worldwide locations.
  • Develop some of the GCSE skills needed for further study including photographic analysis, cartographic skills and statistical techniques.

Year 9 & 10

The new, ‘1-9’ GCSE is made up of three exams which focus on studied topics from Physical Geography (unit 1), Human Geography (unit 2) and Geographical Skills & Fieldwork (unit 3) respectively. The exam board is AQA.


Learners aiming to improve their GCSE performance can attend after school sessions weekly. Exam boosters will also take place in the half term to help progress.

Revision, Intervention and Enrichment

Homework is set once every two weeks in Year 7 & 8 and weekly in Year 9 & 10 and is vital to the progression of learners. It will typically complement class work, following on from material covered in lessons and could take a variety of forms such as reading comprehension, an extended writing task or a more independent research project.