Curriculum Intent

Our Geography curriculum is exciting, progressive and ambitious. It is rich in skills and knowledge and is designed to develop pupils’ curiosity and fascination about our dynamic world.

Geography offers the opportunity to study a range of contemporary themes and case studies. Many challenges facing the world – climate change, food security, energy choices – cannot be understood without a geographical perspective. In Geography, students investigate the physical processes of our planet, human societies and the economic and environmental challenges within the local, national and global context. This gives students the confidence to interact with the wider world as global citizens, leading to fulfilled and positive life experiences.

Geographical skills are embedded within units of work throughout all key stages. Using maps and mediated images of people and place, numerical data and graphical modes of communication and getting to grips with the geographic information systems that underpin our lives, make geographers skilful and employable. Fieldwork enquiries and decision-making activities enable students to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding within both human and physical Geography.

The curriculum encourages students to ask questions, develop critical thinking skills, and make informed decisions. As students navigate through the Geography course they will become more confident in ‘thinking like a Geographer’ which will nourish and enrich lifelong learning.

What is Geography?

“The world is going to change more in the next 50 years than it ever has done before...” In GCSE Geography we help young people to make sense of a complex and changing world.

The aim of Geography in Years 10 and 11 is to enable students to increase their knowledge and understanding of a range of places, environments and processes. We study the economic, social and physical factors that affect peoples’ lives.

Why study Geography?

The GCSE course is known by the examination board OCR as ‘Geography for Enquiring Minds’. In a rapidly changing world, the skills and knowledge gained through the study of Geography will be invaluable to citizens and decision makers of the 21st Century. The study of Geography will equip
students with the skills that will allow them to play a full part in our changing world. GCSE Geography provides a firm foundation for students wishing to study Geography at A Level.

OCR offers a modern, interesting Geography course that develops and builds on the work covered in Years 7, 8 and 9. Fieldwork is an essential requirement of the course, which is undertaken in our local area.


Students will undertake three written examinations in Year 11. There is no coursework.

OCR Specification B: Geography for Enquiring Minds

Unit 1 - Our Natural World (35%)
• Global Hazards
• Climate Change
• Distinctive Landscapes
• Sustaining Ecosystems
• ‘Physical’ Fieldwor

People and Society (35%)
• Urban Futures
• Dynamic Development
• UK in the 21st Century
• Resource Reliance
• ‘Human’ Fieldwork

Unit 3 - Geographical Exploration (30%)
• Geographical Skills
• Decision Making Exercise

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