KS3 Curriculum Topics Geography

  • Personal Geography
  • Rivers and flooding
  • Map skills
  • Russia
  • Settlement
  • UK and Extreme weather
  • Africa
  • Perfect Geographer
  • Tectonic hazards
  • Population and development
  • Tropical rainforests and natural resources
  • Globalisation
  • Globalisation
  • China
  • Coasts
  • Geography of music festivals
  • Frozen planet
  • Frozen planet
  • Disease
  • Disease
  • Asia and India


Key Stage Four

We currently offer two different courses at Key Stage Four, Geography GCSE and a GCSE in Leisure and Tourism.

Why study Geography?

Geography is the study of the world around us.  This includes our natural environment, the quality of life of different groups of people, industry recreation and the study of developed and developing countries.

  • Geography helps you to understand the world around you.
  • It helps you to develop a knowledge and understanding of current events from the local area and the world.
  • You will develop a range of skills such as problem solving, map reading, data collection and use of ICT.
  • Geography can lead to a wide range of exciting careers, for example, a Cartographer, Town Planner, a Commercial or Residential Surveyor.

What will you study and how will you be assessed?

Unit 1 – Physical Geography

Assessed by a 1 hour 30 minute exam (37.5% of GCSE grade).

In this unit you will study:

  • The Restless Earth – earthquakes, volcanoes, supervolcanoes, fold mountains and tsunamis.
  • Living World – a focus on ecosystems including the UK’s temperate, deciduous woodland, tropical rainforests and hot deserts.
  • The Coastal Zone – processes, landforms and management strategies in coastal areas.

Unit 2 – Human Geography

Assessed by a 1 hour 30 minute exam (37.5% of GCSE grade).

In this unit you will study:

  • Population Change – the growth of the world’s population, population policies, ageing populations and migration.
  • Globalisation – the development of transnational companies and the global demand for energy and food.
  • Tourism – a study of different tourist destinations, the effects of tourism and how they are being managed.

Unit 3 – Local Fieldwork Investigation

A written controlled assessment completed in school (25% of GCSE grade).

For this unit, you will carry out a one day field trip to collect data which will help you to test a hypothesis and write a report of your findings.

Recent studies have included coastal process and management at Walton on the Naze.

What are the fieldtrip opportunities?

All students will take part in the controlled assessment trip.

We also hope to provide other fieldwork opportunities including a residential trip.


Qualification: GCSE Geography

Exam Board: AQA

Code: 9030