Mr J A Douglas – Head of Geography
Mrs Swindlehurst
Mr M Ellis
Miss C Brown
Mr K Rinder
Mrs E Wilkinson
Mr T Chadwick
Mrs A Dixon

KS3 Summary of Study

Why do we study geography?

Firstly, we study geography to gain an understanding of the human and physical world around us at a range of scales from local up to global.  In doing this we learn about some of the major issues that face out planet today.  Secondly and possibly most importantly, having gained an understanding of the world around us we can then start to think about how we might manage some of these issues.

The nature of geography is that it is a constantly developing subject, because many of the topics we cover are often in the daily news, meaning that geography allows us to learn about the key challenges facing our planet today

Alongside this through studying geography, you will develop some key map, numerical and writing skills that are required throughout geography and across other subjects.

How will I learn about geography over the programme of study?

Given the diversity of the topics covered in geography, you will learn about it in a range of different ways, from going outside into the field and collecting your own data, to doing individual research to investigate an issue, to keeping an eye on current media to see what is currently happening around us.  There is also a practical nature to many of the lessons given the skills the students will learn, for example, many lessons in year 7 will be using OS maps to develop their map skills.

What enrichment opportunities are there?

All 3 year groups will have a different field trip, this is a great opportunity to learn new skills and work in an outside environment, students will be expected to work in groups and develop key skills like communication and leadership skills.

The department also runs a weekly Eco-club; this is available to all students and has been set up to help make the school more environmentally friendly and raise awareness on local and global environmental issues throughout the school.

How does this link to my progression onto GCSE and beyond?

Key stage 3 offers a platform of knowledge and skills that will be progressed at GCSE and A level.  In terms of knowledge, some of the topics covered will then developed on at GCSE and A level.  The key skills such as numerical, map, fieldwork and essay writing skills are progressively developed throughout the three key stages.

Broad topics that will be covered:

Human – population, migration, development, tourism, geography of sport and crime, knowledge of places, map and atlas skills.

Physical – natural hazards, coasts, weather and climate, global environmental issues such as plastic pollution.

Assessment methods: End of unit topical tests, extended writing, fieldwork write up including data presentation.

Subject lead: Mr Douglas

What resources do I have available to help me in this subject?

Text books, geographical magazines, newspapers, TV documentaries.


KS4 Summary of Study

Why study Geography?

Geography is a subject that allows a student to study some of the major issues facing the planet today. Anytime you switch on the news or open a newspaper there is generally something that is related to geography, whether it is a natural disaster somewhere or the movement of people around the planet. The job of a geographer is to understand the range of causes and impacts to these events and then come up with possible solutions.

Alongside this, geography enables a student to be proficient in a range of skills such as statistical, graphical, writing, map work, and mathematical understanding. The world is constantly changing and it needs geographers to understand and manage this change.

Features of the course:
The syllabus includes a balance of human and physical geography, which will be examined in two separate papers. Alongside this there will be a third paper which will assess the students’ understanding of local fieldwork investigations that they have carried out and geographical skills.
Human geography: key elements of this section include urban change and the associated challenges in rich and poor countries and resource management , which involves coming up with ways in which we can meet our increasing energy demands.

Physical geography: the students will be required to have a detailed understanding of the physical landscapes in the UK and the causes and challenges posed by natural disasters.
Fieldwork: Students will carry out two local fieldwork investigation and will be expected answer questions on these in an exam.

The local fieldwork trips will offer an opportunity to reinforce some of the key features of the course such as glacial landforms as well as collect the data required for the fieldwork.

Throughout the course the department will put on a range of extra sessions aimed at exam technique, revision and fieldwork.

What opportunities for progression does it offer?
Studying geography offers a pathway into the other earth science topics, geology and environmental science, at A-Level. Alongside this the skills that are required for geography are beneficial for a range of other A-Level subjects.

Topics for Study: Human and physical geography

Assessment summary: 2 x 1 hour 30 minutes examination
Local fieldwork investigation assessment

Exam board: AQA

Subject lead contact details: Mr J Douglas


KS5 Summary of Study

Why study Geography?
An A-Level in geography encourages learners to apply geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them. In turn, this will enable learners to develop a critical understanding of the world’s
people, places and environments in the twenty-first century. Learners will develop both knowledge and understanding of contemporary geographical concepts together with transferable skills that will enable them to progress to higher education and a range of employment opportunities.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?
This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE and particularly aims to develop a deeper understanding of, and ability to apply, the concepts of place, space, scale and environment.

Features of the course:
The subject content focuses on the dynamic nature of physical systems and processes in the real world, and on the interactions and connectivity between people, places and environments in both time and space. The core themes are divided into separate physical and human themes. The non-core content
draws on both physical and human geography and people-environment interactions. All themes integrate geographical skills, scale and specialised concepts. Fieldwork is integrated into the course and covers both physical geography and human geography.

Topics for study: Unit 1: Changing landscapes
Unit 2: Changing places
Unit 3: Global systems and global governance
Unit 4: Contemporary themes in geography
Unit 5: Independent investigation

Assessment summary: 3 x 2-hour examination (24% each)
1 x 1 hour 30 minutes examination (16%)
1 x independent investigation of 3000-4000 words (20%)

Entry requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE Geography

Exam Board: WJEC

Subject lead: Mr Douglas



At key stage 3 we go on a range of field trips which allow students an insight into the roles different people/organisations play in the management of certain landscapes and therefore a practical insight into those careers.  For example year 7 look at the management of footpath erosion on Catbells and the year 8 study the management of an eroding coastline at St Bees.

At GCSE we continue with this theme but look at the management of flooding in Keswick.

At A level the students often get the chance to meet specialists in certain fields, in the past we have met with the Eden Rivers Trust and get an insight into the conservation and rehabilitation work they do on the River Eden.  We also meet with Cumbria Wildlife Trust who run the Eycott Hill Nature Reserve and we learn how their funding is being spent on enabling access to the reserve whilst conserving it at the same time.



Eco club runs most Friday lunches and is open to all students.  As part of the Eco club we have recently started to send students to the annual Cumbria Youth Climate Summits. The department likes to run a competition every year, last year was the Sustainable Christmas Bauble competition.   The department often host outside speakers, most recently to a former pupil addressed year 9 and 10 students on development issues in Venezuela.