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Geography aims to develop students’ knowledge of the physical and human landscape and how people interact with it. It develops those skills by exploring natural and human systems and their interdependence, which in turn, helps to develop literacy, numeracy, cartographic skills, cultural capital and morality. These skills develop the foundations learnt by applying them to real world situations.

Table of topics

Year 7Year 8 Year 9 
The geography of our local area, the UK and beyond

Case study: Italy




Geographical skills
Globalisation Development

Environmental Issues


World Regions

Case study: Brazil
Rivers and coasts

The geography of water

Restless earth

Ecosystems – rainforests and deserts

Ecosystems – savannahs and Mediterranean Weather and climate

The fundamental aim of the KS4 Geography curriculum is to develop a deeper and broader understanding of the earth’s natural and human landscapes and the processes that create them. We aim to develop students’ knowledge in the various interactions between humans and the natural environment by exploring the wide variety of landscapes, their creation and how they change and develop. The GCSE course helps to develop critical investigation, literacy, numeracy, data collection and analysis and evaluation skills.

The ability to investigate, collect data and critically evaluate issues deepens students understanding of the world around them and how humans interact both with each other and the landscape. The study of Geography relates to numerous other subjects, in particular the natural sciences as well as the broader humanities subjects of Sociology, Philosophy and History.

Year 10Year 11
The Challenge of natural hazards – earthquakes, tropical storms, climate change

The Challenge of the UK Environment – rivers, coasts, floods

Living World – rainforests, deserts

Geographic investigations (fieldwork)
Changing urban environments – cities, Liverpool, Rio de Janeiro

Changing Economic World – development, Brazil, UK.

Resource Management – food, water, energy

Issue evaluation
Exam board: AQA GCSE 1-9 Geography
100% examination based assessment

Paper name: The Challenge of the Natural Environment
Length of paper: 1 hour 30 minutes
% of final grade: 37.5%

Paper name: The Challenge of the Human Environment
Length of paper: 1 hour 30 minutes
% of final grade: 37.5%

Paper name: Geographical Issues and fieldwork
Length of paper: 1 hour 15 minutes
% of final grade: 25%

Find out more about this qualification.

View the GCSE course specification

Mr D Major | Subject Leader – Humanities | majord@prentonhighschool.co.uk