Key Stage 3 Geography

Key Stage 3 Geography is all about building on student’s prior knowledge and understanding of the wider world. In Year 7, we start off by looking at World Geography and Map Skills to help ensure all students are equipped to take on the Geography curriculum. We focus on a balance of Physical and Human Geography topics, including a detailed area study of Africa. Examples of other topics include: 
  • Food from the land
  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity
  • Tectonics and Glaciation
  • Rivers and Coasts, Globalisation
  • Sustainability and Waste 
  • The Development Gap
Students enjoy Geography at Northolt High School and we incorporate the skills needed to excel at GCSE. More recently, we have implemented GIS (Geographical Information Systems) into our curriculum to ensure students are able to combine technology with their Geographical understanding. Equally, we ensure students are able to practice problem solving, decision making and statistical skills to ensure a cross curricular  benefit and pave the way for KS4.
At Northolt High School, it is imperative that students are able to ‘think like a Geographer’ and in turn, demonstrate respect and empathy towards the people and the planet. 

Key Stage 4 Geography

At Northolt High School, we follow the Edexcel Geography A (9-1) Specification.

Why study Geography?

This subject follows a topic-based approach combining named examples from both developed and developing countries, and investigates current issues that are globally, nationally and locally important. So many of the world's current issues – at a global scale and locally - boil down to Geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them. Many employers prize the knowledge and skills that studying Geography can provide. Statistics show that compared with other subjects, geographers are amongst the most employable in the working world.

What will I learn in GCSE Geography?

Component 1: The Physical Environment, 37.5% of the qualification
  • Topic 1 The changing landscapes of the UK – including coastal landscapes and river landscapes
  • Topic 2 Weather hazards and climate change
  • Topic 3 Ecosystems, biodiversity and management
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes, 94 marks
Component 2: The Human Environment, 37.5% of the qualification
  • Topic 4 Changing cities
  • Topic 5 Global development
  • Topic 6 Resource management
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes, 94 marks
Component 3: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges, 25% of the qualification
  • Topic 7 Geographical investigations – fieldwork
  • Topic 8 Geographical investigations – UK Challenges
Written examination, 1 hour and 30 minutes, 64 marks