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Gullfloss Waterfall in Iceland (Feb 2014)


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OCR A Level:

Key Stage 3

All students follow a common Humanities programme, consisting of discrete lessons in PRE, History and Geography; PRE has 1 x 100 minutes per fortnight, both History and Geography have 2 x 100 minutes per fortnight. Teaching groups are all mixed ability. In years 7 and 8 students are taught in their Tutor Groups. Staff are encouraged to develop and share teaching resources. Visiting speakers, visits and other activities beyond the classroom are an integral part of the KS3 curriculum.

Year 7:                 

Geography Skills, Rivers and Flooding, Settlement and Sustainability.

Year 8:

Living World, Natural Hazards, Population, Migration and Coasts.

Year 9:

Fantastic Places, Development, Extreme Weather systems, Tourism, AQA GCSE "The Challenge of Resource Management".


Students can choose to take a number of Humanities subjects (Geography History, PRE, Sociology and Psychology) at GCSE. Each subject is timetabled for 3 x 100 minutes per fortnight. All teaching groups are mixed ability.

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At GCSE you will build on the skills you have developed whilst studying Geography at Key Stage 3.  Your knowledge and understanding of Human and Physical Geography is extended and integrated with a strong focus on topical issues and up to date case studies.  You will develop skills essential to the study of the world around us such as data collection and analysis.  This is an issues-based investigative course with an emphasis on enquiry and problem solving; important skills needed in today’s rapidly changing world.

Summary of the topics you will cover:

Living with the physical environment:  The challenge of natural hazards, The living world, Physical landscapes in the UK. (Rivers and Coasts).

Challenges in the human environment:  Urban issues and challenges, The changing economic world, The challenge of resource management.  (Population, settlement and economic development).  

Geographical applications: Issue evaluation, fieldwork, geographical skills.  

 Teaching Strategies

A wide range of resources and teaching and learning strategies are used with topical examples from the local area as well as around the world. The use of ICT is increasingly important and candidates will have the opportunity to use PCs to research, present work and submit work electronically.


You will undertake 2 pieces of fieldwork, one to Aldeburgh and the other to Bury St Edmunds.  This involves carrying out investigations in the local area, collecting, presenting and analysing data to be used in an exam.


There are 3 final exams (35%, 35%  and 30%) which consist of a variety of question types, for example multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose.  

Revision Guides

Paper 1 - Physical Environments

Paper 2 - Human Challenges

GCSE Content Guide

Geography Outline

Further information can be obtained from:

Mr P Brooks  or your Geography teacher.

A Level






Students completing data collection and recording on a field trip.

History, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Politics and PRE are offered at A level.  All subjects have 6 x 100 minutes per fortnight.

We follow the OCR Specification at A level.

Year 12 Modules:

Landscape systems (Coasts), Changing spaces;  Making places and Geographical debates (Hazardous Earth); Geographical Skills are covered across all 3 units.

Year 13 Modules:

Earth's Life Support systems (Water and Carbon cycles), Global Connections (Global Governance - Power and Borders;  Global systems - Global Migration);  Geographical debates (Climate Change) and Investigative Geography (Independent investigation);  Geographical Skills are taught across all of these units.


The Geography department offer a range of trips and out of the classroom activities.  We have also run residential trips to Iceland and Italy in the past.