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The Geography Department at Saint Aidan’s Church of England High School fully supports the mission statement of the school. The curriculum outlined below is designed to encourage achievement in all students of all abilities.

The department seeks to promote geography as a dynamic, exciting subject and believes students should enjoy geography and be exposed to a variety of teaching and learning styles. Through enjoyment of the subject they will be encouraged to aim for the highest standards in all that they do.

The department has an active membership with the Geographical Association. As a department we are committed to maintaining high professional standards through continued professional development (CPD) which we hope will keep our curriculum at the leading edge of developments for both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 3

Geography at Key Stage 3 contributes to a broad and balanced curriculum which meets the needs of all students. We aim to give students the opportunity to study a wide range of topics throughout Key Stage 3 in the hope of fostering a passion and interest for geography and the world around them. Alongside this, students will develop a range of transferable skills that can be used in other areas of the curriculum. Units of work currently being taught are:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Welcome to GeographyRainforest EcosystemsFlooding Disaster
Rivers (River Wyre: My Local River) Cool GeogrpahyThe Restless Earth
Our Island Home Across the USAInto Africa

Globalisation and Fair Trade
An Asian Adventure

The Key Stage 3 programme is constantly updated with new units of work being added to ensure the content remains relevant, interesting and dynamic. The above units should be viewed as a guide as some students will study additional or alternative units throughout the Key Stage that are appropriate to their ability levels.

Key Stage 4

Students studying Geography GCSE at Key Stage 4 follow the AQA GCSE Geography (8035) syllabus. The full exam specification can be found at


The specification (8035) recognises the vital role geography has in the 21st century curriculum enabling our students to appreciate the complexity of our world and the diversity of its environments, economies and cultures.

The course now comprises three papers; one physical, one human and one that is skills and fieldwork based. All three papers and the units we are most likely to be teaching within them are outlined in the table below. Some units are compulsory and some can be selected be teachers to best suit the students in their schools.

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

How is it assessed?

  • 1hr 30min written exam (88 marks including
  • 3 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)
  • 35% of the GCSE
  • Units studied

Section A: The challenge of natural hazards

  • Natural hazards
  • Tectonic hazards
  • Tropical storms
  • Extreme weather in the UK
  • Climate change

Section B: The living world 

  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Hot Deserts

Physical landscapes in the UK

  • UK physical landscapes
  • Coastal landscapes in the UK
  • Glacial landscapes in the UK

    Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

    How is it assessed?

    • 1 hr 30 min written exam (88 marks including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)
    • 35% of the GCSE
    • Units studied

    Section A: Urban issues and challenges

    Section B: The changing economic world

    Section C: The challenges of resources management

    • Resources management
    • Energy

    Paper 3: Geographical applications

    How is it assessed?

    • 1 hr 15 mins written exam (76 marks including 6 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar) 3
    • 0% of the GCSE
    • Pre-release resources will be made available 12 weeks before the Paper 3 exam
    • Units studied

    Section A: Issue evaluation (37 marks)

    This section assesses students’ geographical skills and applied knowledge by looking at a particular issue(s) taken from part of the course (using a pre-released resource). It will challenge students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills.

    Section B: Fieldwork (39 marks)

    Students need to undertake two geographical enquiries. Students will be examined using a range of questions that assesses their understanding of fieldwork design, data collection and analysis.


    The department works hard to develop a range of activities that enhance our studentsgeographical experiences and complement the curriculum we offer.  In school the department is passionate about developing active geographers who are keen to take their place as global citizens.  This results in many of our students participating in practical projects such as raising money to sponsor areas of rainforest in Indonesia or selling large quantities of fairly traded rice to help send children to school in Malawi.  Alongside these activities the department has runs active Eco and Fairtrade clubs. 


    Fieldwork is essential to us bringing Geography to life for our students.  We try to do this through offering a wide range of trips and practical activities within the local area.  Throughout the year we aim to provide a fieldwork experience for every student in every year group.  Students go on fieldwork to the Lake District, the sea defences at Cleveleys, the River Wyre at Garstang to investigate flood defences and also participate in tectonics workshops run by the Royal Cartographic Society.

    Further afield, we run an annual family field trip to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales and we run our bi-annual trip to Iceland for our GCSE geography students.

    Faculty Staff

    Mr A Corbridge  Head of Department 
     Mr D Eccles Director of Humanities and Head of Department
    Miss A Wilkinson
    Teacher of Geography

    Oct 17
    RT @RobGeog: The soil profile cubes have worked well :) thanks @RachYorkeN13 https://t.co/gdUSIl32mL
    Oct 11
    A little bit drier this afternoon for our second trip to Garstang but still a high river level! #FieldworkFriday https://t.co/v4J8jnEhDh
    Oct 11
    Happy Geographers albeit slightly soggy! https://t.co/HOxuCrx6CH
    Oct 11
    Year 9 fieldwork to Garstang. Can’t beat looking at river defences in the rain with the river in spait!… https://t.co/Ue28zBn26h
    Oct 10
    @mrsutheran @EduCaiti @CCriadoPerez @wateraid Please could I have a copy of your interesting PowerPoint resource? L… https://t.co/7IUKm2Bxh3