Students enjoy Geography at Northolt High School and we incorporate the skills needed to excel at all Key Stages, and later in life. 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 and 5.

At Northolt High School, it is imperative that students are able to "think like a Geographer" and in turn, demonstrate respect and empathy towards people and the planet.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Geography is all about building on students 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.


Topics covered:

Map Skills, Urbanisation and settlement, Africa, Rivers and coasts, Ecosystems, Global development.


Topics covered:

Tectonics, Glaciation, Weather and climate, Resources, Sustainability and waste, Globalisation.

Key Stage 4

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 both 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.

The order of topics will vary depending on the year and cohort.

Year 9

Eco-systems, Global Development, UK Challenges and Fieldwork.

Year 10

UK's Physical Landscape - including rivers and coasts, Changing Cities, Ecosystems, Fieldwork.

Year 11

Resource management, Weather hazards and Climate change, UK Challenges and revision.

KS4 Assessment & Examinations

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

Key Stage 5

A Level Geography is a widely respected and accepted course which covers both the physical and human environments, with a focus on the inevitable links between the two.

There is an applied element to A Level Geography, looking at how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of these processes. Students are given the opportunity to complete an Independent Investigation, allowing an exploration of personal interests as well as a strong application of Geographical skills. In addition, there is plenty of opportunity for development of independent thinking and learning skills.


Dynamic landscapes - Tectonics and Coasts; Dynamic places - Globalisation, Diverse Places.


Superpowers; Water cycle and insecurity; Carbon cycle and security; Migration, identify and sovereignty.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Fieldwork opportunities at KS4, Spain 2018 for Year 9, Lake District at A Level, Various conferences for KS5.