Geography Department

Geography is the study of the world around us and human impacts upon it. At Heathland School we consider the physical and human influences that shape our world in addition to developing the skills needed to study Geography at GCSE and beyond. A varied and engaging curriculum is studied in Year 7, 8 and 9. Students are given the opportunity to experience both physical and human Geography at local, regional and global scales through studying the following topics:-

Year 7

  • OS map skills
  • The Geography of Africa
  • The Geography of the British Isles
  • Glaciation

Year 8

  • Weather and climate
  • The Geography of Asia
  • The Living World
  • Rivers
  • Development

Year 9

  • The Geography of Russia
  • Natural Hazards
  • Coasts
  • Natural resources
  • Globalisation

Geography: GCSE, Exam board: AQA

Studying geography gives pupils the opportunity to travel the world via the classroom, learning about both natural and social sciences along the way. They will understand how geography impacts everyday life and discover the key opportunities and challenges facing the world. Pupils will also develop academic and life skills from writing, teamwork and communication to analytical skills. This course is based on a balance of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.

There are 3 sections to this course;

  1. Living with the physical environment – the study of natural hazards; ecosystems and biomes and the physical landscapes in the UK. (1 hour and 30 minute examination)
  2. Challenges in the human environment – urban issues and challenges; the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management (1 hour and 30 minute examination)
  3. Fieldwork, issues evaluation and skills – pupils must complete 2 compulsory days of fieldwork and they will be asked questions on this in the examination. Pupils will also evaluate a geographical issue that will be made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam. (1 hour and 15 minute examination)

There is no coursework.

In all units, pupils will be expected to use a range of map skills, along with statistical and mathematical skills.

Examination question types: multiple-choice, short answer, extended prose (but not essays).