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Mrs L McKinney (Head of Department)

Mrs S Dalzell

Mrs A Lennox

Mrs R Beattie

KS3 Geography

Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments – both its physical features and its political and cultural characteristics.

Key stage 3 Geography aims to equip students to have a clearer understanding of important world issues. The topics delivered in Years 8, 9 and 10 incorporate:

  • patterns on the earth and the processes that created them;

  • how places differ from one another;

  • the impact of people on the environment;

  • the sources and impact of pollution; and

  • strategies for environmental protection and restoration.

Geography involves a synthesis of facts, figures, ideas and perspectives to help us understand and protect the world we live in. By studying geography, students learn about important contemporary issues like global warming, desertification, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, groundwater pollution and flooding.

Unit 1


Understanding our Natural World.

Total weighting 40 %


External written examination: 1 hour 30 min

Theme A


River Environments


Theme B


Coastal Environments

Theme C


Our changing weather and Climate

Theme D


The Restless Earth

Unit 2


Living in Our World. Total weighting 40 %


External written examination:

1 hour 30 min

Theme A


Population and Migration


Theme B


Changing Urban Areas


Theme C


Contrasts in World Development


Theme D


Managing Our Environment

Unit 3 



Total weighting 20 %


External  written examination: 1 hour


Students base their answers on their knowledge and experience of fieldwork.         

A Level Geography

A Level Geography aims to give individuals an understanding of the physical and human processes which affect people and their environment along with an understanding of the vital issues facing society such as sustainability, economic development, and cultural awareness.


The subject draws together aspects from both sciences and humanities. It develops intellectual abilities in a wide range of areas including data analysis, literacy and statistics.These transferable skills are much sought after by employers.

AS level

AS 1: Physical Geography

Ecosystems, Rivers, Weather and Climate

40% of AS (16% of A level)

AS 2: Human Geography

Population, Settlement and Development

40% of AS (16% of A level)

AS 3: Fieldwork Skills and Techniques


Pupils will bring a table of data and a summary of their fieldwork into the exam. This paper involves responding to data.


20% of AS (8% of A level)

A level

A2 1: Physical Processes and Human Interactions

Tectonics and Coasts

24% of A level

A2 2: Processes and Issues in Human Geography

Ethnic Diversity and Tourism

24% of A level

A2 3: Decision Making in Human Geography

Pupils will be presented with data in the form of a case study. They will make and justify a geographical decision.

12% of A level

Facilities and Resources

Much use is made of ICT; pupils have a vast array of relevant notes available through Fronter, the school’s computer virtual learning environment. The Department also has access to a range of up-to-date online geographical websites and a number of new texts have been purchased recently which are relevant to the course. Fieldwork opportunities are an integral part of this course and, at AS level, pupils undertake a residential study to Magilligan Field Centre where they study the physical and built environment.

Teaching Methods

A study of Geography provides opportunities for a wide variety of teaching methods including:

  • research using the internet based materials including mapping software

  • group work

  • DVD and newspaper archives

  • class discussions and debates

  • development of independent learning

  • written and geographical sources of information

Assessment Methods

Summative assessment such as trial examinations; formative assessment e.g. mid and end of topic tests, essays, assessed homework, target setting and self-assessment.

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