Geography is based on a balance between physical processes and human interactions. We investigate the link between these two themes and give students the opportunity to travel the world from their classroom. Exploring the reasons why people move from one place to another and the differences in lifestyle, culture and wealth across the globe. From the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the bright city lights of London.

Why do some people choose to live in the most dangerous places on Planet Earth and what is the long-term future for the human race if we fail to tackle climate change and depletion of our key resources?

Geography is the study of real people and real events which are happening now, not yesterday or at some past distant point! The decisions that are made today will affect all of our tomorrows so let us take you on a journey around the world to discover what is really going on. Will we run out of oil, food, water? Is the end nigh or can we survive the next catastrophic natural disaster? Study GCSE Geography and we will find out together.

GCSE Geography is interesting, educational and fun. It covers lots of topics which broaden your knowledge in everyday life and show you how the world works. The teachers are very supportive, friendly and fun! Overall, geography is a great subject for anyone interested in the way the world works.
Jacob Brotherton, Year 11 student

Year 7

Learning outcomes

During the first year of studying geography pupils will gain a greater awareness of where places are within the world. Pupils should consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features. They should understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time.

Topics taught

  • How am I connected
  • The UK and map skills 
  • Weather and climate
  • Population and migration
  • Rivers and Flooding
  • Energy Crisis
  • Fantastic places

Year 8

Learning outcomes

Within Year 8 pupils begin to know learn about various physical and human geographical concepts, exploring the natural environments of the world and becoming more accustomed to how features are formed. Pupils are now developing the ability to explain geographically.

Topics taught

  • Geographical skills
  • Coasts
  • Urban environments
  • Hazards
  • Unequal world
  • Global ecosystems

Year 9

Learning outcomes

Within Year 9, 10 and 11 we study the AQA Geography specification. In year 9 we are specifically concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. They are studied in a variety of places and at a range of scales and include places in various states of development, such as higher income countries (HICs), lower income countries (LICs) and newly emerging economies (NEEs). The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the factors that produce a diverse variety of human environments; the dynamic nature of these environments that change over time and place; the need for sustainable management; and the areas of current and future challenge and opportunity for these environments.


Topics taught

  • The urban world and growth of megacities
  • Urban issues and challenges in developing or newly emerging economies
  • Urban change in the UK
  • Urban issues and challenges in the UK
  • Urban regeneration
  • Sustainable cities
  • The development gap
  • A case study of a newly emerging economy
  • The changing UK economy
  • Resource Management
  • Energy Management

Year 10

Learning outcomes

In year 10 we focus on the dynamic nature of physical processes and systems, and human interaction with them in a variety of places and at a range of scales. The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the tectonic, geomorphological, biological and meteorological processes and features in different environments, and the need for management strategies governed by sustainability and consideration of the direct and indirect effects of human interaction with the Earth and the atmosphere.

Topics taught

  • Natural hazards
  • Tectonic hazards
  • Weather hazards
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Cold environments
  • UK landscapes
  • Coastal landscapes
  • River landscapes

Year 11

Learning outcomes

In Year 11 we have the opportunity to revisit the broad themes covered in both Year 9 and 10. The content is designed to be synoptic in that students will be required to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from the full course of study. It is an opportunity for students to show their breadth of understanding and an evaluative appreciation of the interrelationships between different aspects of geographical study. This includes critical thinking and problem-solving, being able to demonstrate geographical skills and applied knowledge and understanding by looking at a range of issues.

Students also undertake two geographical fieldwork enquiries, each of which includes the use of primary and secondary data, collected as part of a fieldwork day outside of the classroom. The two fieldwork enquiries are carried out in contrasting environments and show an understanding of both physical and human geography.

Topics taught

  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork skills in an urban setting
  • Fieldwork skills in a physical environment
  • Primary and secondary data collection
  • Geographical skills
  • Review of Year 9 content for GCSE exams
  • Review of Year 10 content for GCSE exams

What's been happening in the geography department recently?

As part of GCSE geography, students are expected to undertake fieldwork both in an urban and physical setting. We take you out of the classroom to study the interactions between natural processes and humans along the Northumberland Coast.

We provide you with the opportunity to investigate the natural environment by undertaking a series of fieldwork experiments combined with classroom research to investigate and test your understanding. How well do you know the area you live in? How does this compare to other local areas? We give you the opportunity as part of the urban fieldwork to look at local environmental factors and the impact these have on the people who live there.

Northumberland Coast
Geography is one of my favourite subjects. I find both the physical and human elements extremely interesting. The teachers are eager to give you extra help and support when needed. My teacher has taught us everything we need to know and explains in depth all of the content in a way I find easy to understand.
Jessica Prothero, Year 11 student