Key Stage 3

Geography Department  2014 (Syllabus rolling out from Sept 2014)


Year Group

Areas of Study


Unit  1 : It’s your Planet (Geog 1 – Geog 123) A study of the earth from the point of ‘Big Bang’ to how human and natural processes are changing the Earth.

Unit  2 : Maps and Mapping (Geog 1 – Geog 123) A study of all the basic map skills required to be a successful Geographer.

Unit  3 : What about the UK? (Geog 1 – Geog 123) A study of how the political landscape of the UK has developed over time and a look at how climate influences the distribution of the UK’s population.

Unit  4 : Glaciers (Geog 1 – Geog 123) A study of how glaciers develop and lead to characteristic landscape features.

Unit  5 : Africa & The Horn of Africa (Geog 1 – Geog 123) An overview study of the human and physical geography of Africa with an in-depth enquiry of the key issues shaping the countries that together form the Horn of Africa.

Unit  6 : Urbanisation (Geog 2 – Geog 123) A study of the key urban landscapes and the processes that form and influence them.

Unit  7 : Asia (Geog 2 – Geog 123) An overview study of the human and physical geography of Asia.


Unit  1 : India (Geog 2 – Geog 123) An overview study of the human and physical geography of India

Unit  2 : Rocks, Weathering and Soils (Geog 3 – Geog 123) A investigation of how the processes of weathering and erosion lead to a variety of soils globally.

Unit  3 : The Use of Natural Resources (Geog 3 – Geog 123) An investigation of the economic use and value of a range of natural resources together with the impacts their extraction has on landscapes.

Unit  4 : Coasts (Geog 2 – Geog 123) An Investigation of the key physical and human processes affecting coastlines, particularly those in the UK.  This unit contains a day’s fieldwork study in Deal.

Unit  5 : The Middle East (Geog 3 – Geog 123) An overview study of the human and physical geography of the Middle East.

Unit  6 : Russia (Geog 3 – Geog 123) An overview study of the human and physical geography of Russia.



Unit  1 : Living in an Active Zone (WJEC A - Core) A detailed investigation of the theory of Plate Tectonics, along with a detailed investigation of the hazard of volcanoes.  Students will make particular reference to Mt St Helen’s and Monterrat. They will investigate how hazards can be mitigated to reduce their human impact.

Unit  2  : Changing Populations (WJEC A - Core) An investigation of the dynamics of population change and issues associated with fertility in India, Malaria in Malawi and the mechanisms for managing population change.

Unit  3 : Water (WJEC A – Core) An investigation of the landforms and processes affecting river channels in the long profile along with a detailed investigation of the causes and impacts of flooding in Boscastle.  Students will examine flood mitigation strategies in a changing climate.


Key Stage 4


Years 10/11 – Geography Department 2014


Subject:               Geography                                                       (WJEC A)

Link to other subjects/degrees/careers:

Geography at SLGGS is uniquely placed as it fits strongly with the sciences, notably Biology & Chemistry and also with the more traditional humanities subjects such as History, Classical Civilisations and Religious Studies.  It has been defined by the Government as a ‘Unique Bridging Subject’ and thus provides support to the study of other subjects as well as standing alone as a subject in its own right.  The Guardian newspaper in 2010 was quoted as saying “Geography graduates are attracted to industries with increasing numbers of vacancies” & “Studying geography arms graduates with a mix of skills employers want to see”

On average 40% of our students choose to study Geography at AS/A Level with 50% of our A Level students annually continuing with their studies of Geography and Geography related subjects at Degree Level.  Most of these candidates go on to attain at least 2:1 status.  Notable past students include Dr Lorna Linch who have gone on to complete PhD studies within the field of Periglacial Geography (now lecturing at Brighton) and Sarah Nancollas – Chief Executive of the charity Lepra.


Skills/competencies developed: Transferable Skills including:

  •                 Communication and Presentation Skills
  •                 Independent Researching Skills
  •                 Team working in a variety of roles,
  •                 Time Management Skills,
  •                 Cartographic, Graphical, ICT and Statistical Skills,
  •                 Decision Making Skills,
  •                 Holistic overviewing and Disaster Management Skills,
  •                 Geographic Perspective Skills – Spatial, Environmental and Sense of Place

By the end of the course students will have been supported in developing their Literacy, ICT and Numeracy Skills through the course of the various modules delivered.


Content :

At the start of Year 10, students will have already completed two out of the six compulsory core units of the WJEC A syllabus and be well on their way to completing a third (See Year 9)

Year 10 – Tourism, Our Changing Coastline, Retail and Urban Change, Climate Change, Fieldwork Based Controlled Assessment (10%) & Development.

Year 11 – Problem Solving Decision Making Exercise, Interdependence / Globalisation

The Department delivers fieldwork locally, making use of Canterbury and the Kent Coast where possible.  Overseas visits have previously included Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast and Iceland.

Examination Details:

Paper 1 : Core Geography - Written Paper Structured short and extended answers (40% of GCSE) F&H.  1 hour 45 minutes – Water, Climate Change, Living in an Active Zone, Changing Populations, Globalisation & Development

Paper 2 : Option Geography - Written Paper Structured short and extended answers (35%) F&H. 1 hour 15 minutes – Our Changing Coastline, Tourism, Retail and Urban Change

Controlled Assessments (25%) - 10% : Fieldwork Based Enquiry (Local Geography) & 15% : A Problem Solving Decision Making exercise