Passion for Geography

In Geography at SCHS we will instil a passion for learning about our world and in doing so ensure that our students are happy, healthy and value the importance of geography in their lives and the wider world.  Each student will have the opportunity to benefit from a wide range of memorable learning experiences throughout their learning journey within and beyond the classroom.

Broad and Deep Knowledge

Our students will explore different environments on a local, national and international scale, securing a depth of knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of natural and human landscapes.

Geographers will explore the diversity of the British Isles, developing a sense of place and identity through the investigation of links between regions, as well as understanding the complex issues and relationships between the British Isles, Europe and the global community in the 21st century.

Skills for the Future

Our students will appreciate the wider relevance of geography and will be equipped with essential and invaluable transferable skills to ameliorate their progress in other curriculum areas within school as well as maximising their potential for successes in life after school.  Throughout their time at SCHS students will investigate key concepts, processes and patterns and make sense of geographical data.  They will think critically through geographical enquiry, consider different views and justify their own views with confidence.

Personal development

We embrace every opportunity to develop mature, independent learners with a sense of responsibility, morality and empathy in reaching credible conclusions and offering feasible solutions to current issues.  This appreciation of values, cultural diversity and social responsibility will aid the development of well-rounded global citizens. Our geography curriculum encourages future generations to understand how their lives are connected to others through interdependence and how the human and physical environment are interrelated, shaping them into responsible and competent young adults.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 (1 hour) Year 8 (2 hours) Year 9 (2 hours)

Baseline assessment

Baseline assessment

Baseline assessment

Dangerous Planet Volcanoes Earthquakes Extreme weather
Extreme & Unique Environments Antarctica Hot Deserts Tropical Rainforests
Geographical Enquiry & Fieldwork  

     Improving our school environment

          Factors affecting flooding Microclimates
Urban Issues & challenges   Developments in Standish  (Local Area Investigation)    Wigan & Manchester (Local Area Investigation) Mumbai
 Natural Living World

British Isles & Glaciation

Rivers & Flooding

     Coastal processes & management

 Economic & Developing world Energy Sources (BRICS) Kenya

Nigeria Resource Management

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Key Stage 4

Students studying Geography at Standish Community High School follow GCSE 9-1 AQA Geography specification.

The GCSE 9-1 AQA Geography specification is divided into four units: 3.1 Living with the physical environment, 3.2 Challenges in the human environment, 3.3 Geographical applications and 3.4 Geographical skills. This course is linear and students will sit three examinations at the end of their course.  The breakdown for each paper and content assessed can be found below.

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment

Section A Section B Section C
What is assessed? Question 1: Challenge of natural hazards
1) Natural hazards
2) Tectonic hazards
3) Weather hazards
Question 2: The living world
1) Ecosystems
2) Tropical rainforests
3) Hot deserts
4) Cold environments
(Cold environments not covered)
Questions 3-5: Physical landscapes in the UK
3) UK coastal
4) UK river landscapes
5) UK glacial landscapes
(UK glacial landscapes not covered)
Marks 33 25 30
How is it assessed? Exam time 1hr 30 mins – 88 marks including 3 for SPaG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar)
35% of GCSE
Question type Multiple choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment

Section A Section B Section C
What is assessed? Question 1: Urban issues and challenges

  • Urban world
  • Urban growth in a city in a low-income country
  • Urban change in the UK
  • Urban sustainability
Question 2: Changing economic world

  • Global development gap
  • Reducing the global development gap
  • Rapid economic development
  • UK economic futures
Questions 3-6: Challenge of resource management
3) Resource management
4) Food
5) Water
6) Energy
(Food and Energy not covered)
Marks 33 30 25
How is it assessed? Exam time 1hr 30 mins – 88 marks including 3 for SPaG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar)
35% of GCSE
Question type Multiple choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Paper 3: Geographical Application

Section A Section B
What is assessed?
  • Issue Evaluation on Pre-released Material
  • Questions based on pre-released material (12 weeks before exam)
  • Topics on any of the compulsory sections of Paper 1 and 2
  • Critical thinking and problem solving and geographical skills
Fieldwork on 2 compulsory human and physical topics. Fieldwork to include the Enquiry process:

  • Identifying suitable questions
  • Select, measure and record data
  • Process and present data
  • Describe, analyse and explain results
  • Reach conclusions
  • Evaluation geographical enquiry
Marks 37 39
How is it assessed? Exam time 1hr 30 mins – 88 marks including 3 for SPaG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar)
30% of GCSE
Pre-release material made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 examination.

Geographical Skills are assessed across all 3 papers, this includes the use of maps, images, graphs, resources, data and use of statistics. Your final grade is 10% on maths and statistical skills and 5% on spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG).

Further information can be found on the AQA website.


Students will be provided with a free exam practice booklet at the start of their GCSE Geography course; this will be used for homework throughout the two years and will provide a valuable resource leading up to the examinations.  Students are expected to look after this and if lost replaced at their own expense.

Students will have the opportunity to purchase a GCSE AQA revision guide from school, this will support students with their revision and preparation for lessons. Information will be provided to students at the start of their course.


Students will be expected to participate in fieldwork as this is a compulsory component of the exam specification and links directly to Paper 3.

A Level

Students who complete the course will have the skills and experience to progress onto A Levels.