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This exciting course is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.


Paper 1: Living with the physical environment
What’s assessed?


3.1.1 The challenge of natural hazards, 3.1.2 The living world, 3.1.3 Physical landscapes in the UK, 3.4 Geographical skills

How is it assessed?


·         Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

·         88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))

·         35% of GCSE

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment
What’s assessed?


3.2.1 Urban issues and challenges, 3.2.2 The changing economic world, 3.2.3 The challenge of resource management, 3.4 Geographical skills

How is it assessed?


·         Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

·         88 marks (including 3 marks for SPaG)

·         35% of GCSE

Paper 3: Geographical Applications


What’s assessed?

3.3.1 Issue evaluation, 3.3.2 Fieldwork, 3.4 Geographical skills

How is it assessed?

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG)

30% of GCSE

The Earth is our home. Geography is the study of the natural and human elements of this home, and the challenges these interrelationships bring. By studying geography, students develop a sense of place, an ability to question the world they live in, and become better global citizens.

Year 7 Geography Curriculum

  1. Maps skills – develop an understanding of our connections with places at different scales and skills to study OS Maps.
  2. Exploring Britain – investigate the human and physical landscape of Great Britain.
  3. Water on the Land – find out how river landforms are created and the effects of flooding.
  4. Weather & Climate – explore the cause of the Great British weather and climate.
  5. Africa – challenge perceptions of this large continent.
  6. The Horn of Africa – a regional study of the human and physical landscape that is very different to our own.

Year 8 Geography Curriculum

  1. Coasts – find out how coastal landforms are created and how we should protect our coastline.
  2. Population Challenges – investigate how populations change and the issues these changes bring.
  3. Ice World – discover how the glaciers of the Ice Age have shaped our lands and the effects of tourism on such landscapes.
  4. Urban Challenges – explore the problems caused by urban worlds and how they can become more sustainable.
  5. Globalisation – analyse the impact of our global community.
  6. China – study the country that has emerged as an economic giant of the modern world.

Year 9 Geography Curriculum

  1. Geology & Natural Resources – explore the rocks that make up our planet and the pressure that our global population puts on the natural resources.
  2. Development Gap – investigate why some countries are richer than others.
  3. Restless Planet – find out how tectonic hazards happen and their effects.
  4. The Middle East – a regional study of the natural features as well as how people cope living in such an extreme environment.
  5. Climate Change – discover the biggest challenge faced by people today and tomorrow and how we can live in a more sustainable world.
  6. Russia – a study of the largest country in the world.

Key Contact

Mr Itayi Mashongamhende




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St Edmund's Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Edmund's Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.