To equip students with a balanced understanding of the human and physical features in the world around them, with an emphasis on sustainable development.


Students will cover a range of human and physical topics from Agriculture to Waterfalls

What topics will I study in KS3?  (Year 7, 8, 9)

Year 7

  • Global Knowledge – Investigating the location of human and physical places on a range of scales from local to global
  • Map Skills – The study of grid references, direction, latitude and longitude; showing the use of maps in many areas of employment.
  • Weather and Climate – An investigation into the weather at a local scale (microclimates) and on a global scale.
  • Settlements – Explaining how settlements grow due to physical factors and then change over time due to human factors
  • Around the World (Places) – The investigation of a number into countries. Exploring how their physical environment impacts upon culture and the human environment.

Year 8

  • Primary Activities – Studying the physical and human factors that contribute to the various types of farming across the UK. Investigation, diversification and sustainable development.
  • Population – Studying the pattern of population across the globe and how it has increased over time; due to factors including birth rates, death rates and migration.
  • Rivers – Investigating how rivers change in shape from the source to mouth, through the processes of erosion, transportation and deposition.
  • Glaciation – Exploring how glaciers have shaped our planet and impacted on the location of human settlement and the local economic activities.
  • Developing and Developing Countries – A comparative study of Kenya (LEDC) and Italy (MEDC) drawing on subject knowledge gained during the primary activities and population topics.

Year 9

  • Development – Investigating the pattern of LEDCs and MEDCs and how development indicators and aid can affect the development of a country.
  • Natural Hazards – Examining the causes and effects of hazards from earthquakes to tsunamis.
  • Natural Environments – To study the distribution of the world’s ecosystems including rainforests and coral reefs.
  • Our Environment – Explaining the impact of humans on planet Earth and how to create a sustainable future.

Can I study this subject at KS4?  (Year 10 & 11 – GCSE)

Students can choose to study Geography as one of their option choices.

Are there any enrichment opportunities / visits or trips?

Students will go on a field trip to Shepperton as part of their settlement studies in Year 7. In Year 8 students take part in a trip to Bocketts Farm as part of the sustainability topic.

A further Field Trip is undertaken by students taking GCSE Geography.

What careers might this lead to?

Agriculture and Horticulture, Art & Design, Business Studies, Cartography, Chemistry, Energy, Civil Engineering, Construction, Environmental Health, Technical Film Advisor,  Geology, ICT, Journalism, Languages, Law, Local Government Work, Location Manager, Media, Meteorology, Oceanography, Publishing, Retail Management, Social Work, Surveying, Teaching, Town Planning, Travel and Tourism.

Useful website links:

World Climates

Ordinance Survey Map Zone

CIA World Factbook

Royal Geographical Society – Young Geographer of the Year