Excellence through Endeavour


  • Head of subject:  Mr S Petrie
  • Year groups taught: 7 to 11

Welcome to the Geography Department!

What is Geography?

Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.

The Geography department is passionate about our subject and we want you to be too! At NEWA students explore different countries and investigate unfamiliar environments. Geography informs us about life and the world we live in and helps to turn us into responsible citizens. We take this responsibility seriously and try to kit inform you and get you ready out the wider world!

To understand Geography is to understand the world.

Why is this subject important?

Geography is vital in today’s world. Geographers understand the environment, our climate and different cultures. Our world is facing a lot of problems which are very dangerous such as pollution, global warming and the destruction of the rainforests. Unless we recognise these problems then we can’t understand them and try to come up with solutions. Without Geography the world we live in is threatened.

Students need to investigate the world around us. There are opportunities at Key Stage 3 and 4 to go on field trips and investigate our towns and cities or the countryside.

Key stage 3

The National Curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop their knowledge of globally significant places on land and on sea
  • understand the differences between Physical and Human Geography.
  • are competent in geographical skills needed to: collect and analyse data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Year 7

Geography topics

Autumn 1st half term Skills
Autumn 2nd half term Rivers
Spring 1st half term Crime
Spring 2nd half term Coasts
Summer 1st half term Rainforests
Summer 2nd half term Sport

The skills and knowledge you will learn are

  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of current events from the local area to the global.
  • Study the features of the earth – such as mountains, rivers and seas – and how they were formed.
  • Develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT and problem solving.
  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of the cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world.

Students are assessed by
You will be assessed by your teacher at the end of every topic area and at the end of every half term. Assessments vary from student presentations, written answers or project work.

Year 8

Structure of lessons
In Years 8 students are timetabled one lesson per week of Geography. They study the following topics:

Autumn 1st half term Tectonics
Autumn 2nd half term Population & Settlement
Spring 1st half term Weather & Climate
Spring 2nd half term Globalisation of fashion
Summer 1st half term Economic Development
Summer 2nd half term Sport

The skills students will learn this year are

  • Understand how volcanoes and earthquakes happen.
  • Investigate the earth and its peoples.
  • Develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT and problem solving.

Students are assessed by
You will be assessed by your teacher at the end of every topic area and at the end of every half term. Assessments vary from student presentations, written answers or project work.

Key stage 4


Studying GCSE Geography is your passport to world careers!

Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment.

GCSE Geography is a challenging yet rewarding GCSE which is part of the group of EBAC subjects. The course comprises of the following:

  • Physical Geography exam
  • Human Geography exam
  • Controlled Assessment

Course specifications

  • Pathway: GCSE Geography AQA  Syllabus A
  • Qualifications: GCSE
  • QAN Code: 600/6067/0
  • Examining body: AQA

The skills and qualities students need to succeed in this course are

  • An ability to work hard in class and complete homework on time
  • An interest in the environment and the world around you
  • Good literacy skills in order to answer GCSE questions
  • Good numeracy skills in order to analyse data
  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to work as part of a team

What you will study

Year 9 

Year 1 (Paper 1) Physical Geography


  • The Restless Earth – The Earth, Earthquakes and Volcanoes.

Year 10

Year 1 (Paper 1) Physical Geography


  • Water on the land – Rivers, water flow and flooding.

Controlled assessment 25% of total marks examining an aspect of one of the units covered including a field work exercise.

Year 11

Year 2 (paper 2) Human Geography


  • Tourism – The importance of tourism and the damage it can do.
  • Population Change –Why is the world’s population rising and what affects will it have on the planet.
  • Changing Rural Environments – What are the pressures on our countryside and what changes are they causing.
  • The Living World – Ecosystems and how they are disrupted by humans.

Students are assessed by

Throughout the course students are assessed by a past exam paper at the end of every completed topic area. In addition students take the following formal style exams:

  • Year 9: In June of Year 9
  • Year 10: In January and June of Year 10
  • Year 11: Mock exams take place in December of Year 11

Final exam components

Geography Specification

Foundation Tier

Higher Tier

  • Unit 1: Physical Geography
    Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins – 75 marks – 37.5%
  • Unit 2: Human Geography
    Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins – 84 marks – 37.5%
  • Unit 3: Local Fieldwork Investigation
    Controlled assessment – 60 marks – 25%

What might Students study after this?

  • A Level Geography/Environmental Science
  • A Level Geology

Possible careers

  • Tourism
  • Environmental Science
  • Surveyor
  • Town Planning
  • Writer
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Cartographer

For more information contact

Mrs Nicklin.