Mrs C Johnston (Head of Department)
Miss P Brown
Mrs R E Gilbert (Part-Time)
Mrs S L Karayiannis (Part-Time) (Maternity Leave)
Mr J McConnell (Part-Time) (Temporary)


In general terms the following desirable pupil outcomes are sought through the study of Geography:

  • To further develop their understanding of their surroundings and extend their interest, knowledge and understanding of more distant places.
  • To gain a perspective within which they can place local, national and international events.
  • To learn about the variety of conditions on the earth’s surface; the different ways in which people have reacted to, modified and shaped environments; and the influence of environmental conditions on social, political and economic activities.
  • To gain understanding of the processes which have produced pattern and variety on the earth’s surface and which bring about change. To develop a sensitive awareness of the contrasting opportunities and constraints facing different peoples living in different places under different economic, social, political and physical conditions.
  • To develop an understanding of the nature of multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies, a sensitivity to prejudice and values which reject racist views.
  • To developed a wide range of skills and competencies that are required for Geographical enquiry and are widely applicable in other contexts.
  • To act more effectively in their environment as individuals and as members of society 


We seek to build upon young people’s natural curiosity about the world.

It is our intention to develop in our pupils’ world knowledge, an ability to make sense of current events and to make informed judgements on the economic, political, social and environmental issues. 

Physical, Human and Environmental Geography: Geography has a special role to play in fostering better understanding of different cultures both within our own society and elsewhere in the world. It should also encourage pupils to understand the environment and how human activity leads to its use and misuse. Through studying physical and human resources at a variety of scales from the immediate and local, to the world as a whole, pupils learn to move from the familiar and concrete to the more distant, general and abstract. 

Geographical Skills: Knowledge, skills and attitudes learned by pupils in Geography lessons contribute to their understanding of other subjects in the school curriculum. Geography contributes knowledge and skills related to subjects as diverse as Mathematics, History, Economics, Religious Education, Science and Information Technology. It also has a contribution to make in helping pupils to develop attitudes of tolerance towards other individuals and communities. Social skills are promoted through the joint planning of work, as in fieldwork, and through group discussions and participation in role playing exercises, geographical games and simulations.


 Year 8

 Year 9

 Year 10

 What is Geography?

 What is Fieldwork?

 Fieldwork Study

 What is My Place in the World?

 O.S. Map Work

 Rivers and Flooding



 Population & Resources


 Latitude & Longitude


 Field Work Study

 International Development


 Plate Tectonics

 The Middle East




Key Stage 3 pupils carry out fieldwork and benefit from presentations and activities run by outside organisations.


GCSE Geography

Examination Board: CCEA
Course Content:            

The aim of the course is to provide pupils with an understanding of the world into which they are growing and to which they contribute. Emphasis is placed on the ways in which people interact with each other and with their environment. One outcome is an encouragement to understand different communities and cultures within our own society and elsewhere in the world.

There are eight themes studied over the two years, four deal with the Natural World and four with Living in our World. Topics covered by these themes include:

  • How and why do cities develop and how do they change the countryside?
  • Which management strategies can help reduce flooding in the UK?
  • Is migration a good or bad process for people in Europe?
  • Why is the world map constantly changing?
  • Why are wealthy countries rich and does money answer development problems?
  • Is Global Warming really threatening to change our planet and our future?

In addition to the content material numerous Geographical skills are developed with analysis of many graphical and statistical sources including ICT, video, Geographic Information systems (GIS), satellite images and, of course, maps at various scales.


Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World

This is a 1 hour 30-minute examination based on four themes as follows:

  • Theme A: River Environments (25%)
  • Theme B: Coastal Environments (25%)
  • Theme C: Our Changing Weather and Climate (25%)
  • Theme D: The Restless Earth (25%)

Unit 2: Living in Our World

This is a 1 hour 30-minute examination based on four themes as follows:

  • Theme A: Population and Migration (25%)
  • Theme B: Changing Urban Areas (25%)
  • Theme C: Contrasts in World Development (25%)
  • Theme D: Managing Our Environment (25%)

Unit 3: Fieldwork 

This is a one-hour examination based on a fieldwork study carried out by pupils during their GCSE course. Students base their answers on their knowledge and experience of fieldwork.




Please refer to the Subject Choice for GCSE Information Booklet for further information on full course details and criteria for entry.



GCE Geography

Examination Board: CCEA
Course Content:            

Year 13 AS

Three modules are used to deliver and assess this course. 

1             Physical Geography: topics within this theme include:

- Global biomes and small scale ecosystems;

- The processes that shape our weather & climate, weather in the British Isles and global weather issues;

- The processes that shape fluvial environments and human interaction in fluvial environments.

2             Human Geography: topics within this theme include:

- Population data and the balance between population and resources;

- Measuring development, reducing the development gap and emerging markets;

- Planning in rural areas and urban challenges


3            Fieldwork Skills and Techniques in Geography

         - This involves collecting fieldwork data and using other geographical skills such as map work, reading aerial photographs and using statistical techniques.



Year 14 A2

A further two related modules build on AS to the full A-level course. There are three assessment units, with two topics studies in units 1 and 2 as follows:

1           Physical Processes, Landforms and Management

- Option A: Plate Tectonics – Theory and Outcomes

- Option C: Dynamic Coastal Environments




2          Processes and Issues in Human Geography

 - Option B: Planning for Sustainable Settlements

 - Option D: Tourism



3          Decision Making in Geography

Students develop decision-making skills in a real world scenario.

- Students are required to assess a case study through a wide range of resources, to write a report and to adapt a role in a planning decision.

A-Level geography pupils also benefit from a number of presentations throughout the year and attend Geographical Association lectures at QUB which are relevant to their course.


Queens’ University Presentation


Royal Geographical Society Presentation


Please refer to the Subject Choice for AS/A Level Information Booklet for further information on full course details and criteria for entry.


Years 8-10

One or 2 homeworks per week often composed of the completion of written or graphic work including textbooks questions.

Years 11-12

Two homeworks per week normally composed of completing, extending or developing work in class or test preparation. No formal homeworks are given during high level controlled assessment (September to October of Year 12).

Years 13-14

At least one homework from both the human and physical courses. Pupils are expected to review and revise all classwork making revision notes and use past paper questions to develop their examination skills.

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