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We provide at Hillcrest School a high-quality Geography education which inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our curriculum aims to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge provides the tools and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Key Stage 3 Geography Overview

Our Curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils: develop contextual knowledge of the location of places, seas and oceans including defining their physical and human characteristics; understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world; how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.

Acquire geographical skills needed to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through fieldwork experiences that deepen their understanding of geographical processes; interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS); communicate geographical information in a variety of ways including through maps and writing at length.

Students will study a combination of Physical and Human topics.  They will start with a local study of Birmingham, which will bring together key historical skills and help them to understand the local area.  This forms part of the introduction to Humanities topic and fits in with the local history study and local RE study that they will also undertake at the start of Year 7.

Throughout Year 7 and Year 8, students will then follow a combination of physical and human geography topics.  There will also be a synoptic element which brings different strands together.

Year 7
Physical Topics• Tectonic Hazards • Weather and Climate • Ecosystems – Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts • Rivers and coasts – UK Physical
Human Topics• Population • Development • Resources • Birmingham – UK Human

Year 8
Physical Topics• Tectonic Hazards • Weather and Climate • Ecosystems – Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts • Rivers and coasts – UK Physical
Human Topics• Population • Development • Resources • Birmingham – UK Human

Key Stage 4 Curriculum




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Course Content

Geography is the study of the earth, our place in the world, and the pressing challenges that we face. At GCSE, you will study a range of human and physical aspects of geography, as well as learning a range of skills. You will also have the opportunity to take part in both human and physical fieldwork.

Assessment Details

The main topics covered on exam papers are:

Physical (Exam paper 1 – 1 hour 30 minutes, 35%)

  • Challenge of natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, weather and climate change)
  • Physical landscapes in the UK (rivers and coasts)
  • The living world (rainforests and deserts)

Human (Exam paper 2 – 1 hour 30 minutes, 35%)

  • Urban issues and challenges (population growth and cities)
  • The changing economic world (economic challenges including inequality and development)
  • The challenge of resource management (food, water and energy)

Geographical applications (Exam paper 3 – 1 hour, 30%)

  • Issue evaluation (bringing together both human and physical geography)
  • Fieldwork investigations (both human and physical)
  • Geographical skills

Why Study This Course?

Geography is vital to our understanding of the world around us. Through geography, we study many of the greatest challenges that we face in the future, including climate change, conflict over resources, crowded cities, natural disasters, deforestation, and a wide range of over issues. Not only do we aim to understand the problems, we also try to find solutions that will help us to meet the needs of the future as well as the needs of today.

Geography is an excellent choice for employment. A few examples of career options are shown below.

  • Volcanologist
  • Transport planner
  • Environmental consultant
  • Recycling officer
  • Architect
  • Town planner
  • Cartographer (working with maps)
  • International aid worker
  • Travel writer
  • Disaster response
  • Geographical information systems
  • Holiday companies
  • Resource management
  • Conservation
  • Teaching