• You enjoy learning about people and their societies, economies, cultures and the environment
  • You want to understand more about the physical environment around us, and how it is changing
  • You are keen to learn and develop a wide range of skills

Aims and Ethos

Our aim is to ensure that all students leave Tabor with a good understanding of the world around them.

In geography, we believe in creating a culture of success, celebrating the achievements of all students, and creating opportunities for all students to achieve to their full potential. Our aim is that students will:

  • Use geographical vocabulary in their geography work
  • Understand the difference between a number of scales
  • Learn about the human and physical features of places at a range of scales and how they interact to produce an effect
  • Develop empathy
  • Learn how geography links with other subjects and its importance in the world we live in today
  • Take responsibility for their own development through enquiry, independent study, initiative and maximising their potential
  • Gain skills in analysing and reasoning so they can produce a logical argument with an informed conclusion

At KS3 pupils will cover a range of human and physical geographical topics, including topics on Weather and Climate, Population and Africa in Year 7, Our Restless Planet, Earning a Living and The Middle East in Year 8, and The Frozen Planet, International Development and The Earth’s Resources in Year 9.

  • 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

Pupils will be studying the AQA GCSE course, which is assessed in 3 exams at the end of year 2.  Controlled assessment (coursework) is no longer part of the GCSE.  Instead, there is an exam on Geographical Applications, based on fieldwork done over the 2 years. There are also exams on Living with the physical environment and Challenges in the human environment.  As well as fieldwork opportunities in the UK, we are taking a group of KS4 and KS5 pupils to Italy.

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

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.


All students will take part in the controlled assessment trip.

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