– Key Stage 4

Year 10 Geography: five sessions per two weeks.

Autumn Term (September – December) – UK Landscapes: Rivers and Ice

Students will be introduced to the structure of drainage basins and rivers. Students will develop an understanding of the physical processes of erosion, transportation, weathering and deposition, and apply this to the formation and structure of a range of physical river landforms. Students will study features in the upper, middle and lower course of the river. Geographical key skills will also be both introduced and developed, as students will analyse a range of sources such as maps, photographs and hydrographs.

Students will also investigate flood events in more and less developed areas of the world. Students will compare and contrast the effects and responses, and evaluate the effectiveness of a range of management strategies.

Students will understand the formation and movement of glaciers, and place this within the greater context of ice ages. This will be conducted through the study of the Mer De Glace. Students will also investigate the formation of glacial features, from both erosion and deposition. Students will be able to use exemplars to describe and explain the formation of features of erosion such as corries and deposition e.g. drumlins.

Students will also investigate the impact of tourism in this area, by studying the impact of tourism upon Chamonix. Students will compare advantages and disadvantages of tourism, and explain how the area has been managed to promote sustainable development.

Spring Term (January – April) – Natural Hazards

Students will study a range of natural hazards including tectonic, geomorphological and biological hazards.

Summer Term (May – June) – Ecosystems

Students will study the inter-relationships between living and non-living elements of an area. Students study tropical rainforests and cold environments.

Field work element.


Year 11 Geography: five sessions per two weeks.

Autumn Term (October – December) – Changing populations

Students will study the DTM, which demonstrates how populations change over time and across levels of development. Students will look at the impacts of a range of population pressures, and study a range of ways in which they were managed. Students will study this through exemplars such as China’s One Child Policy, the UK ageing population and Germany’s Elterngeld strategy.

Students will also study the causes of migration within the EU, and determine the impacts of continued migration upon the country of origin and destination.

Spring Term (January – March) – Scenery

Students will investigate the correlation between geological timescales and rock types in the UK. Students will investigate the physical processes involved in the formation of features on chalk and clay landscapes (e.g. escarpments and vales) and limestone landscapes (cave systems).

In addition, students will investigate the range of human uses of these areas and the impact this can have on the physical environment.

Summer Term (March – June) – Changing urban environments & Revision

Students will study the structure of urban areas, and how this has changed over time. Students will investigate how the social structure of an area can alter, and the impact that this has on the area. Students will investigate the problems in modern urban areas on a local, national and global scale. Students will understand national initiatives such as Enterprise zones, and also global interpretations of sustainability such as the city of Curitiba, Brazil.

Students will also begin in-class structured and personalised revision during the later stages of their GCSE course.