Geography Curriculum

Staff members with responsibilities

  • Mrs R. Sheikh - Subject Leader
  • Mr D. Richardson - Geography Teacher
  • Mr C. Seymour - Geography Teacher /Assistant Head

KS3 curriculum

Year 7 Curriculum
What will I be studying?
  • Differences between physical, human and environmental geography.
  • Geographical map skills – Latitude and longitude, 4 and 6 figure grid references, direction, measuring distance, scale, reading OS maps. Mid-unit assessment.
  • Exploring the UK and its countries. Where would I go during a tour of the UK? End of unit assessment.
  • Locations around the world – the human and physical features of each location, climate, benefits of each location, issues relating to each location. (Assessment)
  • Development using an international event (World Cup) to focus on how it can benefit the hosting nation. This will include learning about the human and physical features of the location as well as its climate. (Assessment)
  • How has our settlement (Hartlepool) changed over time? (Assessment)


Year 8 Curriculum
What will I be studying?
  • Why are coasts continually changing? (Assessment)
  • Why are the rainforests so amazing? (Assessment)
  • Why are extreme weather events becoming more common? (Assessment)
  • Development -What is it like to live in one of the poorest and richest places on earth? (Assessment)
  • What are the changes in climate and landscape from the Ice Age to the present? (Assessment)

KS4 curriculum

Students are entered for GCSE Geography (AQA).

What will I be studying?

Year 9 (G.C.S.E.) 

  • Natural Hazards – earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • Weather Hazards – across the world and in the UK, Hurricanes and tropical storms.
  • Resource management - Significance of resource management relating to human development. The rising global demand for energy/food/ water resources and how this can cause conflict.
  • Physical Landscapes – glaciated areas, landforms and uses of these areas, management strategies.
  • Changing economic world – rapid economic development in low income countries, major changes to the UK economy and its impact.

Years 10 & 11 (G.C.S.E.)

  • Urban issues and challenges – population decline and increase in rural areas, megacities and the impacts of these.
  • Physical Landscapes – coasts and glaciated areas, landforms and uses of these areas, management strategies.
  • Physical and Human Geography fieldwork enquiry.
  • The living world – ecosystems, hot deserts, tropical rainforests.
  • Issue evaluation – pre-released booklet based on any compulsory unit to evaluate in preparation for final examination. 


Paper 1 – Living with the physical environment (35% of GCSE)

Paper 2 – Challenges in the human environment (35% of GCSE)

Paper 3 – Geographical applications (30% of GCSE)

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Qualifications gained? 

G.C.S.E. Geography

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Pathways into further education? 

Geography can open up a wealth of ‘A’ Level courses and also lead to degree courses in Geography, Law, Media, Teaching, Civil Engineering, Marketing and Business to name but a few.

Job opportunities

Where can Geography take you? 

Environmental management
civil engineering
law, architecture
climatology and the armed forces.