Curriculum - Geography

Our aim in the department is to highlight the ‘awe and wonder ‘of Geography.  We regard Geography as an enquiry subject and so we aim to ask key questions and develop the skills needed to carry out Geographical investigations.  We identify issues and discuss how these can be managed. By the end of Year 9 students have had the opportunity to study a range of current issues that are pertinent to their lives, now and in the future. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles and encourage individual learning through a range a KS3 projects which aim to encourage and develop research and decision making skills.


We also aim to inspire and support learning outside the classroom by using the school grounds to develop fieldwork skills at KS3 and  by offering a trip to the National Forest. At GCSE we travel further afield to Dovedale and the Yorkshire Coast. Our ‘A’ level field visits include Birmingham, the Dorset Coast and a bi-annual trip to Iceland.


The Department

Mr Walters

Ms Murfin

Mrs Shaw

Miss Peel

Mr Shields

Mr Rock

KS3 Geography

Year 7

The Wonderful World of Geography

What are Places like?

River Landscapes

Flooding Hazards

Where do people live?

How do we find our way in Geography?


Year 8

Earthquake Hazards

Ecosystems and Tropical Rain Forests

Coastal landscapes

The Challenges of living in deserts

Enquiry - How can the School Environment be improved?

Environmental Issues and Conservation


Year 9

Extreme Weather

Volcanic Hazards and their management

Resources and Sustainability

The Challenges of Global Warming

Enquiry – What are Microclimates?

Enquiry – own choice

Geographical skills revisited

GCSE Geography

GCSE Geography at Chellaston Academy follows the AQA Specification A. The course is split equally between human geography (the way people affect and interact with the planet) and physical geography (the natural forces shape our world).


The physical units are;

• The Restless Earth. This looks at how earthquakes, volcanoes, super volcanoes and tsunamis occur, their effects and the human responses to the events.

• Water on the land. In this unit you will study rivers and the causes and effects of flooding, how people respond to these events and what can be done to reduce the frequency and effects of flooding.

• The Coastal Zone. Here you will study to forces and processes behind the shaping of the coast and the different landforms created. You will look at the causes and effects of coastal erosion and what people can do to limit these effects. To give the topic a topical and current focus you will look at the effects of rising sea levels as a result of global warming.


The human units are;

• Population Change. This topic investigates the reason for and the challenges presented by a rapidly growing world population. You will investigate what countries such as China have done to try and manage the population growth rate. Topical issues such as an ageing population and migration are investigated.

• Tourism. Here you will look at the rapid rise in tourism over the last 50 years and the more varied locations that people now chose to visit. You will look at management strategies in tourist areas along with the effects of mass tourism. Holidays in extreme environments are looked at with the view to answering if these types of holidays are sustainable.

• Globalisation. This unit looks at what globalisation is and the rise on countries being interlinked by trade, energy, people, culture and finance. You will look at the global search to satisfy the increasing demand for food and again assess whether this concept is sustainable.




ALevel Geography

Students follow Edexcel Specification at A Level. The course has an emphasis on physical geography and human geography and environmental geography. There is no coursework. Fieldwork and research skills are a key feature of both the A2 and A2, this fieldwork experience is developed in Birmingham and also a residential trip to Dorset.


The AS units


Unit 1 – Global Challenges


There are two topics that look at some of the ‘big issues’ which face us all:

1. The World at Risk

2. Going Global


Written examination, 1 hour 30 minutes (60% of the total AS marks)


The examination will consist of data response, short-answer questions and objectives items in Section A. In Section B students have a choice of answering either a physical or human geography longer structured essay.

There are a total of 90 marks for the complete examination.


Unit 2 – Geographical Investigations


There are two topics that both look at fieldwork skills and investigation:

1. Crowded Coasts

2. Rebranding Places


Written examination, 1 hour 15 minutes (40% of the total AS marks)


The examination will require longer responses, each with three parts, designed to include data response, investigation and evaluation skills and related impacts/management issues.

There are a total of 70 marks for the examination.


The A2 units


Unit 3 – Contested Planet


There are six topics that look at the use and management of resources:

1. Energy Security

2. Water Conflicts

3. Biodiversity Under Threat

4. Superpower Geographies

5. Bridging the Development Gap

6. The Technological Fix


Written examination, 2 hour 30 minutes (60% of the total A2 marks)


Section A of the examination will consist of a choice of two data stimulus essay questions from a choice of five. Section B is a synoptic investigation that will focus on the sixth topic unexamined in Section A. This topic will be revealed through pre-release advance information. Section B will consist of one question in three parts.

There are a total of 90 marks for the examination.


Unit 4 – Geographical Research


Students chose one from a choice of two optional research units;

1. Tectonic Activity and Hazards


2. Cold Environments – Landscapes and Change


Written examination, 1 hour 30 minutes (40% of the total A2 marks)


Students will answer just one question that relates to their chosen research unit. They will be required to write a long essay, in which they demonstrate and synthesise the results of their research. Research focus material will be pre-released as advanced information four weeks before the examination.

There are a total of 70 marks for the examination.



Long Term Plan


Long Term Plans for Geography can be downloaded here