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Course Overview

Geography is delivered across all three key stages and is becoming increasingly popular with students opting to take it at KS4.

There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration and environmental degradation geography is one of the most relevant subjects you could choose to study. Geographers are highly employable.

Whatever your passion for the world – fascination with landscapes or concerns about inequality – geography at Charles Darwin will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that that will reward you personally and help you advance academically.

Year 7 topics

  • Local area study
  • Incorporating map skills into geography
  • Weather and climate in a changing world
  • Extreme geography
  • The world’s ecosystems
  • The impact of tourism within Thailand
  • People and their environments  

Year 8 topics

  • Natural hazards – Earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunami’s
  • Globalisation and the country of China
  • A changing world – The rise of Brazil, Russia and India
  • Rivers, coasts and flooding

GCSE Courses/Topics –AQA GCSE – Specification A

  • Ecosystems
  • Coasts
  • Rivers
  • Urban development
  • Economic development
  • Tectonic hazards
  • Weather
  • Climate change
  • Resource management

A level Courses/Topics - Edexcel

  • Tectonic landscapes
  • Coastal landscapes
  • Regeneration
  • Globalisation
  • Water cycle and water security
  • Carbon cycle and energy security
  • Superpowers
  • Global development and connections (migration, identity and sovereignty)
  • Coursework (20%)

 Why choose Geography?

  • The teachers at Charles Darwin are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject
  • Geography helps you understand the world in which you live
  • Those who study geography are better prepared to understand topics impacting our planet such as climate change, global warming, desertification and water resource issues.
  • Those who study geography are well-positioned to understand and explain global political issues that occur between countries, cultures, cities and between regions within countries.
  • With instant global communications and media coverage of geopolitical hotspots around the world on twenty-four hour news channels and on the Internet geography help you to understand the reasons for the issues that arise


Q. Do I have to do geography at KS4?
A. With the Government finally recognising the importance of geography and the skills it develops, it is now being considered a key subject and is as valuable as the core subjects. In nearly every European country it is compulsory until the age of 16.

Q. Is there a lot of reading needed in the subject?
A. Geography is a subject in which reading around the subject greatly deepens understanding. Watching the news and keeping up to date with current affairs will also play an integral role in helping you to develop true understanding of the subject.

Q. Is there a lot of writing in geography?
A. An essential ingredient of geography is the ability to organise and process material presented to you and respond in an extended written format. Good English skills and a wide vocabulary are therefore important. Geography complements English and vice versa.
Q. Who will teach me?   
A. Miss Partridge, Mr Jones, Mr Goss, Miss Walker and Ms Kelly

 who will teach me?

Miss Partridge, Mr Jones, Mr Goss, Ms Kelly or Mr Darwin


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