The Geography Department is committed to providing a positive learning experience for all, regardless of background or ability. We endeavour to assist our students in developing good literacy, practical, graphical and oral skills. We strive to deliver our contemporary content through innovative and creative teaching, taking into account students learning styles and ability. We are committed to raising the profile of Geography within Settle College and to helping the subject expand. As a subject offering a bridging role between the Arts, the Sciences & Technology, we are in a unique position to engage students in topical and relevant debate and discussion, helping them to transfer knowledge and skills learnt across the College. We aim to develop independent learners who question and challenge the world around them. We aim to help students develop relevant life skills for their future. Fieldwork is a key part of the geography curriculum and supports learning through use of skills, data handling and presentation. We endeavour to give all year groups experience learning outside of the class room.

Geography department curriculum intent September 2021

Key Stage 3

Our learning journey aims to develop students’ understanding of the world around them; building skills and knowledge. We look at our own environment and interactions as well as those in distant places. Topics include Africa, Russia, Brazil, UK, and Antarctica, rivers, coasts, hazards deserts, population and conflict.

We visit Blackpool Zoo in year 7 with a focus on fragile ecosystems, in year 8 a visit to the local quarry and caves system and in year 9 a trip to Liverpool to explore the success of the regeneration of the docks. 

Key Stage 4

At GCSE, students study a variety of human and physical geography with a focus on human interactions and management. Skills developed at KS3 such as data handling, source interpretation and using key evidence are a key part of GCSE lessons. Topics include the changing economic world, urbanisation, rainforests, water security and resource management and coastal landscapes. Students undertake 2 sessions of fieldwork to support them in their final exam.

Students will sit 3 papers in total.

Key Stage 5

A-Level Geography requires a more sophisticated skills set than at GCSE. Students can improve on existing skills with staff support and maintain them through independent study. Independence is actively encouraged at A-Level. Students are encouraged to use social media to build on and develop learning that has taken place in class. Students will study a range of topics, which prepare them for further study in both the BSc and BA routes. Skills and knowledge developed in Geography lessons can be invaluable in the work place. Topics include the in-depth study of coasts, globalisation, superpowers, health and human rights, hazards, carbon cycle and regenerating places.


Course Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, which must include GCSE Geography: Grade 5 or above on the higher tier paper.
Where a student has not previously studied Geography, each case would be looked at individually

“Geography has allowed me to gain skills that other subjects don’t! It has given me a good grounding in to world events like population change, and I can’t wait to learn more about it!”

Awarding Body 


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Course Description

This two-year course offers an issues-based approach to studying Geography, enabling students to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, responses to hazards, water insecurity and climate change.  It gives students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people and environment questions and issues, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners.

Assessment Procedure
Paper 1
Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes; 30% of the qualification; 105 marks
Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Coastal Landscapes and Change, The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity and The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Paper 2
Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes; 30% of the qualification; 105 marks
Globalisation, Regenerating Places, Superpowers and Health, Human Rights and Intervention

Paper 3
2hrs 15 minutes; 20% of the qualification ; 70 marks
An externally assessed written examination comprising 3 sections. A resource booklet will contain information about the geographical issue.

Paper 4
Independent Fieldwork investigation
Non examined assessment; 20% of the qualification; 70  marks
Internally marked, externally moderated.
3000-4000 words.

Equipment and Additional Costs

Fieldwork is an essential element of the course and students will be expected to make financial contributions towards a UK residential trip in year 12. Students are encouraged to buy the A-Level textbook.

To support students with their NEA in year 13, we visit a residential field centre near Malton during the summer term of year 12 for 2 days.

A non –compulsory visit to Iceland is organised within the department as enrichment and is scheduled to run in the academic year 2021/22.

Geography offers routes into both BSc and BA courses in Higher Education.

Staff Names and Roles

Mrs R Whitaker – Subject Leader Geography
Mrs R Craig – Geography Teacher, Head of Year