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Geography is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. It is unique in bridging the social sciences (Human Geography) and the earth sciences (Physical Geography). It is not surprising that those trained as geographers often contribute substantially to the management of resources and environments.

Key Stage 3 lays the foundations of the skills that are required to carry out geographical investigations both inside and outside the classroom. Resources include maps, atlases, satellite images, photographs, texts and ICT, and of course the great outdoors! Key Stage 4 builds on these skills through the further investigation of a wide range of people, places and environments from around the world.

For Sixth form students Geography is offered at both A level and IB. It is required for careers in surveying, landscape architecture, cartography, environmental science, town and country planning and civil engineering. The skills developed are also valued in law, journalism, civil engineering, business management, teaching, economic planning, marketing, and tourism.

I’ve loved studying Geography at RGS, Especially at A-Level. Most of all I enjoy the fact that everything we learn is current and happening around us, and in a lot of cases directly affects us. I’m always able to leave lessons with a new view on current affairs and questioning world event.

Course Offerings

Course Title Qualifications Obtainable Awarding Body
Key Stage 4 Courses
GCSE Geography AQA
Key Stage 5 Courses
A Level Geography Edexcel
IB Geography (HL AND SL) IB
Year 7
Curriculum Content: In Year 7 Geography students study a number of topics which lay the foundations of the skills that are required to carry out geographical investigations both inside and outside the classroom. Topics include:

An introduction to Geography: students will learn what Geography is and what its place is in todays world.

Map Skills: skills learnt here include grid references, contours and scale. These skills act as a foundation for GCSE Geography and even for extra-curricular activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Population: Students will uncover what the global patterns in population are and how these are being managed and are encouraged to consider how many people the world can sustain.

Superpowers: Students will investigate wat it means to be a global superpower and in today’s world who they are and are they likely to be the same in 20 years’ time?

Development and the Sustainable Development Goals: Students will discover what the sustainable development goals are and are encouraged to be critical of how effective these have been.

Year 8
Curriculum Content: In Year 8 Geography students build on the knowledge gained in Year 7 to further develop their Geographical understanding. Topics include:

Deforestation: Here students learn about ecosystems around the world with a focus on the tropical Rainforest and will consider how their actions can impact the Rainforests.

Impossible Places: Students will spend time looking at a range of places around the world which are deemed impossible for human habitation and consider how humans have adapted the environments to make life possible.

Natural Hazards: Here students will focus on volcanism discovering how volcanoes are formed and the impacts that they can have on people and their lives.

Extreme Hazards: Here we will look at recent hazards around the world like avalanches, Tornadoes and Landslides to see the impact they have on people and the environment.

Climate Change and Microclimates: During the summer term students will look at the impacts of climate change at a global level as well as looking at microclimates around the school site on a much smaller level to understand the various factors that influence climate and the range of scales these work at. 

Year 9
Curriculum Content: In year 9 students have 4 lessons a fortnight as they have started their GCSE content.

In year 9 they look at the challenges of natural hazards which focuses on what natural hazards are, tectonic hazards, weather and climate change. They also look at the Living world with a focus on ecosystems, tropical rainforests and hot desert environments.

More Information: AQA Website
Year 10
Curriculum Content: In Year 10 students study the human elements of the course, they start by looking at Urban challenges with a focus on urban challenges faced in Rio de Janeiro and within London to give a contrast of two areas at different levels of development. They also study the issues of resource management to consider why some areas of the world have better access to resources than others and the impacts this has people the people living there and the development of the country.

In Year 10 Students also undertake a day of fieldwork.

More Information: AQA Website
Year 11
Curriculum Content: In Year 11 students finish the GCSE content. The complete the remaining units of The changes in the economic world which looks at how economics impacts the quality of life of people and why there is such disparity in levels of wealth and poverty globally before looking at contrasting case studies of the UK and Nigeria.

Students will also complete a second day worth of fieldwork.

All assessment takes place in the summer of year 11.

More Information: AQA Website
Year 12
Curriculum Content: In year 12 students will either study the a level or the IB course.

A level –  Students will have 9 lessons a fortnight and study the Edexcel course. In year 12 the focus is on paper 1 topics: Coasts, Tectonics, Globalisation and Tectonic Hazards. There is a particular emphasis on holistic learning to see how the topics integrate to provide a deeper understanding of the way in which the world works.

Students will also complete fieldwork and begin the write up of their course work this year.

IB – Students have 8 lessons a fortnight. In year 12 the focus is on completing the options topics to do with geographical themes, the independent assessment and beginning the compulsory topics for those who decide to undertake the higher level course.

There are seven compulsory topics in the HL extension:

  • Measuring global interactions
  • Changing space—the shrinking world
  • Economic interactions and flows
  • Environmental change
  • Sociocultural exchanges
  • Political outcomes
  • Global interactions at the local level
Year 13
Curriculum Content: In year 13 students will complete either the A-Level or IB course for examinations in the summer terms.

A level –  Students will have 9 lessons a fortnight and study the Edexcel course. In year 12 the focus is on paper 2 and 3 topics: Water and Carbon Cycles, Superpowers and Migration, Identity and sovereignty. Paper 3 focuses on the synoptic links found within the course.

IB – Students have 8 lessons a fortnight. In year 13 the focus is on completing the geographical perspectives. These are an overview of the key global issues of our times. Considers the likely causes and impacts of global climate change and the necessity for sustainability. Including:

  • Population distribution – changing population
  • Global climate – vulnerability and resilience
  • Global resource consumption and security