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KS3 Geography

Year 7

1. Passport To The World

Our place in the world is explored using a variety of activities where students will gain a working knowledge of the main countries around the World and explore the links that exist between us. A local study of Cornwall and the Lizard are also undertaken to have a better understanding of our local environment.

2. Focus on Africa

This continental scale study allows students to recognize the diversity that exists across this vast continent. It explores the physical and human aspects of the continent.

Regional Study: Horn of Africa.

This units stays within Africa but allows the students to investigate the Horn of Africa including the desert environment and the nomadic cultures that live in the region.

3. Mapping The Local Area

All basic OS map skills are taught at this early stage in KS3 to act as a foundation for Geography at KS3 and KS4. The use of GIS and practical applications of this technology are included in this unit.

 4. Earthquakes and Volcanic Landscapes.

The reasons for earthquakes and volcanoes are explored with the consequences and responses to these natural disasters considered.

5. Regional Study:  China within Asia

This unit will explore the massive changes experienced within Asia and the growth of China as a world superpower.

6. Farming for the Future

Sustainable farming for Cornwall is the main theme of this unit. We explore the issues of food miles and some of the less sustainable food production and supply. We look at farming and food production on the Lizard as a sustainable way of producing food for the local population.


 Year 8

1. Changing Climates and Climate Change.

The Changing Climate section of this unit looks at the change of climate over geological timescales. Glaciation and the action of ice on the landscape will also be explored.

This unit also integrates a wide range of topical issues under the theme of Climate Change. It investigates changing weather patterns across the globe and our current use of energy supplies. Most importantly it explores sustainable management options for the future to reduce the impact of Climate Change.

2. Cornish Coasts

This classic physical geography unit introduces students to the fundamental processes that shape the landscape, erosion, transportation and deposition. We will look the features found along the Cornish Coasts and the processes that create them. The unit concludes with coastal flooding and erosion and the sustainable ways in which these issues can be minimised.

3. Cornwall Rocks!

This local study unit explores the geology of Cornwall that shapes the unique landscapes of our county. The granite and serpentine has produced some unique landscape features as well as shaped the economic prosperity of Cornwall. This unit links into a Humanities cross curricular fieldtrip at Tregonning Hill.

4. Regional Study: Middle East

This unit gives students a working knowledge of the Middle East which will give the students a better understand of the World events taking place in this Region.


Year 9

1.      Growth of the Mega City!

This unit explores the concept of urbanization across the planet, the expansion of cities in the newly developing world and the problems that this causes. We will explore cites across Africa, SE Asia, India and the Middle East.

 2.      Regional Study: India the Tiger Economy

This unit focuses on the Economic Geography of this rapidly developing economy. It will investigate all sectors of the Indian economy and in particular the tea, car manufacture, film and space exploration sectors.

3.      Global Interdependence and the Russian Economy.

How are countries interdependent and in particular how is Russia influencing the rest of the World.

4.      GCSE Geographical Skills.

This unit is an introduction to the skills equipping students for the demands of the GCSE specification. The enquiry skills are also equally relevant to other courses that they may study next year.


GCSE Geography

Year 10 Geography AQA 8035

This exciting course is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.

Students who complete the course will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond.

Year 10 will investigate some aspects of the 3 units outlined below, as well as carrying out two local fieldwork activities required for an exam taken at the end of the course.

1.Living with the physical environment

This unit is concerned with the dynamic nature of physical processes and systems, and human interaction with them in a variety of places and at a range of scales.

The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the tectonic, geomorphological, biological and meteorological processes and features in different environments, and the need for management strategies governed by sustainability and consideration of the direct and indirect effects of human interaction with the Earth and the atmosphere.

  • Natural hazards pose major risks to people and property.
  • Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are the result of physical processes.
  • The effects of, and responses to, a tectonic hazard vary between areas of contrasting levels of wealth.
  • Management can reduce the effects of a tectonic hazard.

2.Challenges in the human environment

This unit is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. They are studied in a variety of places and at a range of scales and must include places in various stages of development, such as higher income countries (HICs), lower income countries (LICs) and newly emerging economies (NEEs).

The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the factors that produce a diverse variety of human environments; the dynamic nature of these environments that change over time and place; the need for sustainable management; and the areas of current and future challenge and opportunity for these environments.

  • A growing percentage of the world’s population lives in urban areas.
  • Urban growth creates opportunities and challenges for cities in LICs and NEEs.
  • Urban change in cities in the UK leads to a variety of social, economic and environmental opportunities and challenges.
  • Urban sustainability requires management of resources and transport.

3.Physical landscapes in the UK

In this section, students are required to study UK physical landscapes, Coastal landscapes in the UK and River landscapes in the UK.

  • The coast is shaped by a number of physical processes.
  • Different management strategies can be used to protect coastlines from the effects of physical processes.
  • Distinctive coastal landforms are the result of rock type, structure and physical processes.
  • The shape of river valleys changes as rivers flow downstream.
  • Distinctive fluvial landforms result from different physical processes.
  • Different management strategies can be used to protect river landscapes from the effects of flooding.


Year 11

The Restless Earth

This exciting exploration of volcanoes and earthquakes opens up the Year 11 course. Examples from around the planet will give students a greater understanding of these all too common events and our response to natural disasters. Tsunamis and possible Super Volcanoes are also included in this unit.

Population Change

The issues thrown up by Population Change are fundamentally important. The problems caused  by population growth, uncontrolled migration and an ageing population in some countries are all examined in detail. Again events from the news will be used to illustrate these important issues.


This unit looks at the reasons for the growth of tourism and the possible impact that it can have on local environments as well as tropical areas. The need for sustainable strategies are explored as we visit more extreme environments and the new concepts of ecotourism are investigated.