Subject Overview

Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Geography at the Heath promotes a sense of awe and wonder by encouraging and challenging students to explore and explain the world in which they live.

We believe that Geography is best learnt through the soles your feet. We are constantly seeking opportunities to develop field work within the subject at all three Key Stages.

We have recently revised both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum, so to lay the foundations for the new A Level geography course and aim to continue to improve the learning, progress and achievement for all students.

We strive to deliver outstanding geography at every opportunity. Students will experience engaging and challenging lessons where they are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively. Our highly trained teaching staff employ a diverse range of learning strategies, personalised so that every student can excel.


Key Stage 3 Overview – Content and Approach

Year 7 begins with essential map skills followed by the study of weather and climate. Fieldwork is undertaken on the school grounds. Students then investigate themes, with a focus on the UK.

Year 8 starts with volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Geographical investigations are now global, with countries at different levels of development. Geography skills continue to be developed.

Year 7:

Term 1 ·         Why are maps important?

·         Why does it rain on me?

Term 2 ·         How is life in China different to my life in the UK?

·         Why are deserts growing?

Term 3  

·         Is Runcorn like Mumbai?

·         What are coastal environments?


Year 8:

Term 1 ·         Why are there volcanoes in Hawaii but not England?

·         Why does the Earth keep shaking?

Term 2 ·         Where do the 7 billion people live on Earth?

·         What are river environments?

Term 3 ·         What’s the best part of the Heath School?

·         What are polar environments?

Key Stage 4 Overview – Content and Approach

At GCSE you will focus on both the natural and manmade environment.  The AQA course was introduced in 2016 and it has been designed to be modern in approach and relevant for the 21st century.  The course is balanced between both sides of geography; physical and human. 25% of the GCSE is assessed by controlled assessment, currently an urban study of Liverpool.


Year 9:


Term 1



The challenge of natural hazards.


Term 2


Urban issues and challenges.


Term 3



Physical landscapes in the UK.


Year 10:


Term 1



The changing economic world.


Term 2


The living world.


Term 3



The challenge of resource management.


Year 11:


Term 1



Fieldwork and geographical skills.



Term 2


Preparation for Issue Evaluation and revision for GCSE exams.

New for 2016, KS5 will follow the AQA A-level Geography syllabus.

The course is interesting and varied, covering the traditional aspects of Geography; both the physical and human environment.  Within these two main areas of study, emphasis is placed on processes, environmental awareness, spatial awareness and sense of place along with the relevance to the modern world and young peoples’ lives.

Where the opportunities arise, students will undertake fieldwork and individual research. Students are required to carry out a 3000-4000 word geographical investigation.

Physical geography (Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 96 marks, 40% of A-level)


  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Hot desert environments and their margins
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards
  • Ecosystems under stress
  • Cold environments


Human geography (Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 96 marks, 40% of A-level)


  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Contemporary urban environments
  • Population and the environment
  • Resource security


Geography investigation (3,000–4,000 words: 35 marks, 20% of A-level)

  • Fieldwork requirements
  • Investigation requirements
  • Geographical skills checklist



  • Several new proposed field trips for the start of the new A-level course from 2016.


  • Controlled assessment field work (currently an urban study in Liverpool).
  • Proposed Nant Ffrancon Valley trip to study Glaciation.
  • After school GCSE booster sessions.


  • Fieldwork based on site for micro-climate.
  • Environmental surveys based on the water cycle.
  • Proposed local O.S. Map walk.