Head of Department

Miss N Ryan

Subject Overview

Geography is an exciting and highly relevant topic to learn in today’s world. Here at Cornwallis Academy, we aim to ensure students are engaged in the learning of Geography and therefore we learn various geographical concepts. We thrive to ensure that students develop a passion for the subject and progress in all aspects. Geography is a highly sought after qualification and has become a focal point for many employers.

Key Stage 3 

Key Stage 3 Overview:

As we become more aware of how our planet operates and the importance of its management Geography has become an essential aspect in ensuring we are all Global Citizens.

Students will cover a range of topics throughout KS3 which will enable them to develop Geographical. Students will also investigate the misconceptions within Geography.

Year 7:

  • Introduction to Geography    
  • How do we use our planet as a natural resource?     
  • What is an economy?
  • What is weather and climate?
  • Is the geography of Russia a curse or benefit?          
  • Why are rivers important?

Year 8:

  • What is development?
  •  One planet, many people: How are populations changing?  
  • What happens when the land meets the sea? 
  • Diverse and dynamic: how is Asia being transformed?        
  • Will we ever know enough about earthquakes and volcanoes to live safely?          
  • What are the opportunities and challenges facing Africa?

Year 9:

Year 9 Topics: (Term 4 students begin GCSE topics within the department)

  • Geography of Fashion
  • Why is the Middle East an important world region?          
  • What is the future for the planet?

Assessment at Key Stage 3:

In order to ensure that all students are progressing and to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all students, regardless of ability.  The students complete an assessment at the end of each term/topic. Student’s also complete 4 homework worksheets for every topic.

Key Stage 4 

Key Stage 4 Overview:

The GCSE course at Cornwallis Academy is AQA. The specification consists of a range of physical and human geographical topics. The topics covered allow students to improve their understanding of Geography within the UK but also at a global scale.

Students also get the opportunity to complete 2 fieldwork day trips. These days allow students to improve their ability to work in teams and understand how to complete data collections and analyse. .

The Geography GCSE AQA course consists of 3 papers which are as follows:


Paper 1: Physical Geography

  • Section A: Tectonic Hazards, Weather Hazards, Climate Change
  • Section B: Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests, Deserts
  • Section C: Coasts, Rivers


Paper 2: Human Geography

  • Section A: The urban world, urban change in the UK, Sustainable urban development
  • Section B: The development gap, Newly Emerging Economies, the changing UK economy
  • Section C: Resource management, water management


Paper 3: Geography application and skills

Issue evaluation (Based on pre released material)



Assessment at Key Stage 4:

Throughout the course students will complete an end of topic assessment once a topic is completed. This assessment is structured and grade exactly like a real GCSE paper. This enables students to clearly see which topics they excel at but also identify topics where further revision is necessary. Students will also complete homework worksheets based on their topic being studied.

Key Stage 5 

Course Title:

GCE Geography

Examining Body:

Level 3 - Edexcel

Overview of the course:

Students completing A-Level Geography will complete a range of topics which enable them to develop their knowledge in a wide variety of Geographical topics. The course itself consists of 4 components.

Component/Paper 1: 30%

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • The Water cycle and Water insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Water insecurity 
  • Landscape systems- Coastal landscapes

Component/Paper 2: 30%

  • Globalisation
  • Superpowers
  • Shaping places- Regeneration
  • Global Development and connections- Migration, identity and sovereignty

Component/Paper 3: 20%

  • Synoptic investigation of previously studied material from paper 1 and 2.

Component 4: 20%

  • Students complete coursework based on a fieldwork study of their choice. Students must complete fieldwork days in other to complete this.



Students will complete exam style questions each week. Students will also complete an end of topic assessment. 

Possible Career Paths:  

There are a variety of jobs people can do with geography. These jobs have become increasingly popular in recent years, as humans become more aware of the impact on the plant. For example: Architect, Teacher, Builder, Environmental officer, Police officer, Pilot, Tour guide, Weather forecaster, Town planner to name a few.