What is Geography?

Geography is the study of people, places and the interactions between them. It is a broad and varied subject, encompassing many of the processes and issues that affect our lives on a daily basis. Our aim at Tanfield is to inspire awe and wonder in young people at the world around us.

Year 7 to 9

Year 7 to 9 aims to cover the key concepts and skills outlined in the National Curriculum through a variety of engaging topics:

Year 9 Africa (Kenya) Glaciation Middle East Weather & Climate Russia Y10 GCSE starts - Challenge of Natural Hazards - Tectonic Hazards
Year 8 Volcanoes Earthquakes Geography Rocks Energy & Resources Population Change China
Year 7 Geographical Skills Ecosystems (Rainforests/Deserts) Settlements India Rivers & Flooding Coasts

Blue denotes physical geography topics
Orange denotes human geography topics

What about GCSE Geography?

Here at Tanfield Y11 follow the Edexcel B syllabus which combines the best of traditional and contemporary Geography. You will study a wide range of topics across 4 units

Unit 1: Dynamic Planet – Restless Earth, Climate and Change, Battle for the Biosphere, Water World, River Processes and Pressures, Extreme Climates

Unit 2: People and the Planet – Population Dynamics, Consuming Resources, Globalisation, Development Dilemmas, Changing UK Settlement, Challenges of an Urban World

Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions – Based on an unseen 8 page resource booklet, to use in the exam on an issue grounded in at least one Section A topic form both Units 1 and 2. Skills, including problem solving will be assessed

Unit 4: Researching Geography – Fieldwork investigation likely to be based on a river study and presented in one of the following forms

  • Written report (approx 2000 words)
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Personal Diary
  • DVD/Moviemaker

Due to changes to the National Curriculum, Y10 and subsequent years will follow the AQA syllabus. You will study a wide range of topics across three units:

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 it's 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 it's 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 it's assessed

  • 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

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