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Year 9 PLCs

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Our curriculum is designed (at all key stages) to enhance student knowledge and understanding of people and places around the world, and to inspire them to find out more.  We deliver a range of topics from the traditional (population, weather and climate, coasts) to newer themes that reflect the challenges facing our planet (water conflict, energy security and the rise of new superpowers like India and China).

We run a range of field trips in years 8, 10 and 12, which vary in destinations each year. At GCSE, we follow the new AQA 9-1 syllabus, and at A level, we follow the Edexcel syllabus.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 - Fantastic Places, settlements, Rivers, ecosystems/Tropical Rainforests, Tourism, Global warming

Year 8 -Population, Weather and Climate, Resource management, Crime and Geography, Glaciation/Antarctica, Amazing India, The Worlds Oceans

Year 9 -Coasts, world development, Tectonic landscapes, globalisation, The Living World

Key Stage 4

Syllabus: GCSE Geography AQA

Course Code: 8035

Website: www.aqa.org.uk

Course overview

This course highlights to students the importance of geography in understanding the world and for stimulating interest in places. It will inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people and to the environment.

Course content

Students will study the natural environment, human environment and will have an exam based on a decision-making exercise as well as fieldwork.

Living with the physical environment

  • Tectonic hazards
  • Weather hazards
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Hot deserts
  • Coastal landscapes
  • Glaciated landscapes

Challenges in the human environment

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The development gap
  • The changing UK economy
  • Resource management (water)         

Geographical applications and skills

  • Questions based on fieldwork
  • Decision-making


Exam 1 - 1 hr 30 mins     
Exam 2 - 1 hr 30 minutes     
Exam 3 - 1 hr 15 minutes

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, we follow the Edexcel syllabus for the A level qualification. There are 4 exams at the end of Year 13, and there is also coursework to be completed, which accounts for 20% of the whole A level.

The topics we cover include: Coastal landscapes, Tectonic hazards, Diverse Places, Globalisation, Superpowers, The water cycle, The carbon cycle and Migration.


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