At Key Stage 3, Geography is taught in topics. Year 7 study topics covering a passport to geography and map skills. Year 8 study topics covering areas of the world, including South America and Brazil, China, Africa and Tanzania, alongside units on plate tectonics, glaciation and coasts. Year 9 study topics on the geography of crime, the UK today, me and the planet, rivers and geology, concluding KS3 with a personal geography project.
At GCSE we follow the EDEXCEL A specification. In Key Stage 4 Year 10’s study UK landscapes, including rocks, rivers and coasts, as well as Changing Cities and Ecosystems. This is followed in Year 11 by studying International Development, Weather & Climate and Energy Resources. Two compulsory fieldwork days are completed during Year 10; one to Gatesgarthdale Beck and a second to Manchester.
In Key stage 5, our A-level students follow the EDEXCEL course, completing 8 units over two years – With topics ranging from Glaciation to Health, Human Rights and Interventions. Students complete an independent investigation on a Geographical topic of their choice, which is worth 20% of their final grade