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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve


Department Staff


Mr  J Wolfenden

Head of Department

Miss B Sparks

Teacher of Geography

Miss E Gurney

Teacher of Geography

   Mrs E Wolfenden Teacher of Geography (SENDCO)

Curriculum Intent

Our intent in Geography is that students develop a love and understanding of the natural and human worlds. This encourages students to develop a greater understanding of the world and their place in it, they will develop a range of investigation, problem-solving and map skills. We hope to inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. 


Geography stimulates an interest in people and places and helps to make sense of our dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how landscapes are formed and how people, economies and environments are all interconnected. Students at all levels are encouraged to develop their investigative skills and to take part in fieldwork activities. 

Key Stage 4:

Students at SWR study the AQA GCSE specification.

GCSE Geography encourages you to learn about different people and places around the world. It is a very broad subject and covers a wide range of topics including natural hazards, rivers and coasts, population and urban development. The course is divided into 4 key themes and is assessed by 3 examinations.

What is studied at GCSE?

Living with the physical environment

Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
Section B: The living world
Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

Challenges in the human environment

Section A: Urban issues and challenges
Section B: The changing economic world
Section C: The challenge of resource management

Geographical applications

Section A: Issue evaluation
Section B: Fieldwork

How will you be assessed?

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

Paper 3: Geographical applications



Rivers and Coasts

Cold environments

Urban Issues

Economic world

Resource management

Energy Management

Issue evaluation


Geographical Skills

Written exam:

1 hour 30 minutes

88 marks (including
3 marks for SPaG and specialist terminology)

35% of GCSE

Written exam:

1 hour 30 minutes

88 marks (including 3 marks for SPaG)

35% of GCSE

Written exam:

1 hour 15 minutes

76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG)

30% of GCSE

Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam















Revision Guides: GCSE 9-1 Geography AQA Revision Guide (with Online Ed) - Edition for 2021 exams & beyond (CGP GCSE Geography 9-1 Revision) Paperback ISBN: 978-1782946113

My Revision Notes: AQA GCSE (9–1) Geography Paperback – ISBN: 978-1471887314

Key Stage 5:

Students study the AQA specification. The course is assessed through 2 examinations at the end of year 13 and one geographical investigation.

What is studied at A level?

Component 1: Physical geography

Section A: Water and carbon cycles
Section B: Coastal systems and landscapes
Section C: Hazards

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
120 marks
40% of A-level

Component 2: Human geography

Section A: Global systems and global governance
Section B: Changing places
Section C: Population and the environment

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
120 marks
40% of A-level

Component 3: Geography fieldwork investigation

Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

How it's assessed

3,000–4,000 words
60 marks
20% of A-level