Geography at KS3

In Key Stage Three, the curriculum is designed to inspire the pupils to show curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Pupils study geography for one lesson per week in year seven and year eight


Year Seven:

Topic 1- Introduction to Geography- Covering key geographical skills (including field sketches and OS map use)
Topic 2- Local Geography and the UK- Focusing on the local environment and our place in it and processes along the coastline in the UK
Topic 3-Europe- Looking at climate change and tourism
Topic 4- The World- Focusing on eco-systems and global citizenship


Year Eight:

Topic 1- North and South America- Brazil/Favelas and Hurricane Katrina
Topic 2- Africa and the Middle East- Physical and Human Geography of this diverse continent
Topic 3- Asia- Focusing on China and India
Topic 4- Extreme Environments- Looking at Rainforests/ Weather and Tourism


GCSE Geography (Year 9, 10 and 11)

Year 9 and 10) At  Key Stage Four in year 11, students receive three lessons per week of Geography.
Students complete 3 exams made up of 3 components


Component 1: The Physical Environment

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes  37.5% of the qualification
● Topic 1: The changing landscapes of the UK, Coastal landscapes and processes and Glaciated upland landscapes and processes.

● Topic 2: Weather hazards and climate change

● Topic 3: Ecosystems, biodiversity and management.


Component 2: The Human Environment

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 37.5% of the qualification

● Topic 4: Changing cities
● Topic 5: Global development
● Topic 6: Resource management focusing on energy resource management in depth.


Component 3: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 25% of the qualification
● Topic 7: Geographical investigations − fieldwork
● Topic 8: Geographical investigations − UK challenges

(As part of the fieldwork requirement students will take part in two field trips. One Human Geography visiting Hull City Centre and one Physical Geography visiting Hornsea and Mappleton on the East Coast.


Year 11

At Key Stage Four in year 11, students receive three lessons per week of Geography. The course is taught through case studies/knowledge and skill in the following way:


Paper One- Physical Geography (37.5%) The Restless Earth/ Water on the Land and the Coastal Zone

Paper Two- Human Geography (37.5 %) Population/ Changing Urban Environments and Tourism

Controlled Assessment (25 %) Coursework completed in controlled conditions in the classroom.


Kelvin Hall School, Bricknell Avenue, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU5 4QH


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