​The study of geography at St Aidan's gives all students the opportunity to:

Summary of subject content


Year 7

The course content for students in Year 7 covers 6 modules:

Module 1: My World - map skills Module 2: Local fieldwork investigationModule 3: Seven billion and counting - issues of populationModule 4:Water world - rivers and floodingModule 5:Incredible IndiaModule 6: The world on the move - migration

Scheme of Work

Year 7 - Autumn

Year 8

The course content for students in Year 8 covers 6 modules:

Module 1:Fantastic placesModule 2:EcosystemsModule 3: Terrifying tectonics
Module 4:Tourism Module 5: Resourcing the planet - food and water, energy issuesModule 6: Critical coasts

Scheme of Work

Year 8 - Autumn


Year 9

The course content for students in Year 9 covers 6 modules:

Module 1 - Unequal Africa - wealth, health and development

Module 2 - Changing China

Module 3 - Urban giants - urbanisation

Module 4 - Curious climate change

Module 5 - Curious climate change

Module 6 - GCSE Water on the land

Scheme of Work

Year 9 - Autumn

Year 10 and 11

In the GCSE course you do three exams, one in each of Units 1, 2 and 3. All exams take place at the end of the course.

Unit 1 Exam: Physical Environment – you have to answer all of the questions in Section A and B but you have a choice in Section C

Section A: The Challenge of Natural Hazards

  • Natural Hazards
  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Weather Hazards
  • Climate Change

Section B: The Living World

  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical Rainforests
  • Either Hot Deserts or Cold Environments

Section C: Physical Landscapes in the UK

  • UK Physical Landscapes
  • Two from Coastal Landscapes, River Landscapes or Glacial Landscapes in the UK

Unit 2 Exam: Human Environment – You have to answer all the questions in Section A and but you have choice in Section C

Section A: Urban Issues and Challenges

Section B: The Changing Economic World

Section C: The Challenge of Resource Management

  • Resources Management
  • Either Food or Water or Energy

Unit 3 Exam: Geographical Applications – You have to answer all of the questions in the exam.

Section A: Issue Evaluation

  • You get some material 12 weeks before the exam. You have to analyse and interpret it, then answer questions about a related issue in the exam.
  • Section B: Fieldwork – in the exam you will have to write about fieldwork techniques and analyse some data that you are given. You will also have to answer questions about your own geographical enquiries (ie fieldwork).

Scheme of Work

Year 10 & 11- Autumn

GCSE examination Format

Unit 1: Physical Environment. 1 hour 30 minutes, 88 mark in total worth 35% of your final mark.

Unit 2: Human Environment. 1 hour 30 mins, 88 marks in total worth 35% of your final mark.

Unit 3: Geographical Applications. 1 hour 15 minutes, 76 marks in total worth 30 % of your final mark.