At Tibshelf, students learn Geography in years 7, 8 and 9 and can opt to study the subject in years 10 and 11 for GCSE. Geography is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today and is recognised as an important and essential part of the curriculum, especially in light of the introduction of the English Baccalaureate.

Students get the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions facing the next generation of geographers. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained, makes students highly desirable by employers and further education establishments who recognise the subject for its academic ‘robustness’.

Fieldwork, or working outside the classroom is a really important part of geography and is integrated within the course. They are enriching opportunities which enable students to experience some of the things they learn about in class, a fundamental aspect of learning.


Key Stage 3 – 2 x 1hr per week

Key Stage 4 – 3 x 1hr per week

Key Stage 3 Key Topics

Year 7

Pupils will have the opportunity to study a variety of topics, with reference to a range of countries around the world including:

  • The UK and the local area
  • Maps, atlases and globes
  • Identity
  • Earth's key environments
  • Deserts and Bear Grylls
  • Human and Natural Wonders of the World
  • Earth’s Distinctive landscapes -How earth has been shaped by weather and water

Year 8

Topics covered in year 8 include:

  • The importance of reducing, reusing and recycling in relation to waste management
  • The Rise of China
  • Hazards including earthquakes and volcanoes
  • Aid and trade
  • Rainforest importance, destruction and management
  • Climate change- natural or not?

 Year 9

Students will learn about a variety of geographical issues and their impact on people and places. They will become more aware of how actions in one place may have unintended consequences elsewhere.

Topics covered include:

  • Economic activity
  • Tourism
  • Dynamic Development- contrasting worlds
  • Migration
  • Water as a finite resource
  • Globalisation in the 21st century

Key Stage 4 Qualifications

GCSE Geography OCR Specification B

Our Natural World

  • Global Hazards
  • Changing Climate
  • Distinctive Landscapes
  • Sustaining Ecosystems
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical Skills

culminating in a 75 minute examination worth 35% of total GCSE

People and Society

  • Urban Futures
  • Dynamic Development
  • UK in the 21st Century
  • Resource Reliance
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical Skills

culminating in a 75 minute examination worth 35% of total GCSE

Geographical Exploration

  • Geographical Skills
  • Decision Making Exercise

culminating in a 90 minute examination worth 30% of total GCSE


Iceland Visit

This trip is aimed at Year 9 and 10 students who have chosen or are likely to choose to study Geography at GCSE. The GCSE course has a focus on the exploration of polar environments, the formation of waterfalls, and how plate tectonics shape our world and result in distinctive and sometimes hazardous landscapes.

Iceland is defined by its dramatic landscapes with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, lava fields, waterfalls and glaciers, within some of the most stunning national parks. The trip will include visits to some of Iceland’s most beautiful sights, including the ‘Golden Circle Tour’ which visits the Geysir geothermal area, the Gullfoss Waterfall and the historical and geological wonder that is Pingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimetres per year. Students will also have the opportunity to see the mystery of one of Earth’s natural phenomenon, the Northern Lights.


Miss B Lockhart- Head of Geography

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