Faculty Coordinator

Mrs V Gray (History)

Faculty Staff

Mrs L Garrett (second in faculty)
Mr P Noble

Key Stage 3

Year 8

  • A Thorny Issue – Should I buy a Valentine’s rose?
  • Threatened Environments – From Antarctica to the Amazon
  • Wales – A thinking skills based topic
  • Rivers and Future Floods – Can Geography make a difference?
  • Global Climate Change – What difference can we make?

Year 9

  • Moving Stories – Why is the population of the UK changing
  • Living in an Active Zone – Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Why is the world unequal? – A study of development
  • Globalisation – What is our place in the world?

Work is assessed through focussed key pieces throughout the key stage encouraging independent learners to develop.

Key Stage 4

The Geography GCSE course we follow is the WJEC Route A Geography GCSE.

There are three study units:

Unit 1: Core Geography (40%)

Written Paper: 1 hour 45 minutes (F/H)

90 marks (80UMS)

Six short compulsory structured data response questions, one question from each of the core themes. These questions will each have an element of extended prose.

A. The Physical World


  • River Process and Landforms
  • Managing Rivers

Climate Change

  • Causes and Effects
  • Reducing it’s impact

Living in an Active Zone

  • Hazards at plate margins
  • Reducing the risk

B. A Global World

Changing Populations

  • World population distribution
  • Future changes in distribution and structure


  • Trends in globalisation
  • Impacts of globalisation


  • Measuring Patterns of development
  • Achieving the Millenium Development goals

Paper one can be sat at the end of Year 10

Unit 2: Options Geography (35%)

Written Paper: 1 hour 15 minutes (F/H)

60 marks (70 UMS)

Three in depth structured data response questions with extended writing – one physical, one human and one other selected from three physical and three human optional themes.

Our Changing Coast Line

  • Coastal process and landforms
  • Managing coasts
  • Future coastlines

Living Things

  • The living planet
  • Management
  • Alternative futures


  • The changing nature or tourism
  • The impact of tourism
  • Sustainable growth of tourism

Unit 3: Geographical Enquiry (25%)

Controlled Assessment

100 marks (50 UMS)

An enquiry based on fieldwork (10%) and a problem solving decision making exercise (15%)