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The Geography department aims to enthuse students about the world they live in.

Key Stage 3

In our two year KS3 course students cover a range of human, physical and environmental geography topics which provide a breadth of subject knowledge.  

Place knowledge and an understanding of the world we live in are developed through studies focused on a range of locations such as Africa and China.  Students’ geographical skills such as reading OS maps, drawing graphs, analysing data and writing geographical answers are developed throughout the course.

Topics covered throughout the two years include:

  • The Economic Development of China
  • The Continent of Africa
  • Our Dangerous World
  • The Swanage Coastline
  • European Weather and Climate

There are two optional geography field visits during KS3, an investigation workshop at a museum and a river investigation day.

Key Stage 4

The Geography Department follows the OCR Geography B syllabus which offers a mix of traditional geographical skills alongside geographical decision making.  The course covers four key themes:

  • Population and Settlement
  • Rivers and Coasts
  • Natural Hazards
  • Economic Geography

Within each theme there is a mix of theory such as the Demographic Transition Model or Longshore Drift, alongside twelve core case studies which give examples around the world.  This includes local and global studies such as the Haiti Earthquake, Drought in the UK, urban challenges in Istanbul and the regeneration of the London Olympic site.

A wide range of skills are developed throughout the course including OS map skills, atlas skills, data collection techniques, data interpretation and data presentation.

Key stage 4 geography involves two essential field visits; a visit to the coast and a visit to an urban regeneration project. (These will be resumed once Covid restrictions are lifted)

Exam Board

For more information on the subject and to review the GCSE specification from the exam board please click here