Geography Curriculum

Staff members with responsibilities

  • Mrs R. Sheikh - Subject Leader
  • Mr D. Richardson - Geography Teacher
  • Mr C. Seymour - Geography Teacher /Assistant Head

KS3 curriculum

Year 7 Curriculum
What will I be studying?
  • Differences between physical, human and environmental geography.
  • Continents and Oceans.
  • Locations around the world (backpacking project) - the features of each location, climate, benefits of each location, issues relating to each location.
  • Geographical map skills - 4 and 6 figure grid references, direction, measuring distance, GIS, scale, reading maps, interpreting figures.
  • Where would I go during a tour of England?
  • How has our settlement (Hartlepool) changed over time?
  • How do rivers/coasts change the landscape.
  • Where would I go during a tour of England?
  • How has our settlement (Hartlepool) changed over time?
  • How do rivers/coasts change the landscape.


Year 8

What will I be studying?

• How can our weather be extreme?
• Why are the rainforests so amazing?
• How do our farms affect us and our environment?
• What is it like to live in one of the poorest areas on earth?
• What are the changes in climate and landscape from the Ice Age to the present?

KS4 curriculum

Students are entered for GCSE Geography (OCR A).

What will I be studying?

Year 9 (G.C.S.E.) 

  • Natural Hazards – earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • Map skills – grid references, relief of the land, measuring distances, site and situation, direction
  • Weather Hazards – across the world and in the UK, Hurricanes and tropical storms.
  • Resource management - Significance of resource management relating to human development.
  • The rising global demand for energy/food/ water resources and how this can cause conflict.
  • Changing economic world – rapid economic development in low income countries, major changes to the UK economy and its impact.

Years 10 & 11 (G.C.S.E.)

  • Physical Landscapes – coasts and glaciated areas, landforms and uses of these areas, management strategies.
  • Urban issues and challenges – population decline and increase in rural areas, megacities and the impacts of these.
  • The living world – ecosystems, hot deserts, tropical rainforests.
  • Issue evaluation – pre-released booklet based on any compulsory unit to evaluate. 


Paper 1 – Living with the physical environment (35% of GCSE)

Paper 2 – Challenges in the human environment (35% of GCSE)

Paper 3 – Geographical applications (30% of GCSE)

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Qualifications gained? 

G.C.S.E. Geography

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Pathways into further education? 

Geography can open up a wealth of ‘A’ Level courses and also lead to degree courses in Geography, Law, Media, Teaching, Civil Engineering, Marketing and Business to name but a few.

Job opportunities

Where can Geography take you? 

Environmental management
civil engineering
law, architecture
climatology and the armed forces.