To provide our pupils with a well-rounded knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live; by investigating the diversity of the physical and human processes that shape our planet, and the interaction of humans with the natural world. To broaden the spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding of our students; and develop their skills which will help them in school and beyond. 


Mr G Bright (Head of Department)

Miss S Cain

Mr A Burke

Mr C Ritchie


Key Stage 3 – National Curriculum in years 7 and 8 (termly place-based topics, with concepts relating to place). The AQA GCSE unit content is introduced to students in year 9.

Year 7

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Our World:

Global features, our place in the world, weather and climate, tropical storms, mapskills, locating skills

Term 2 Topics & Content:


The UK, farming, settlements, urban sprawl, coasts, life in Europe, life in Italy

Term 3 Topics & Content:


Uneven development, trade, features of Africa, Kenya, global water supply, rivers

Year 8

Term 1 Topics & Content:


Population, life in China, energy resources, the Middle East, Russia, life in Japan

Term 2 Topics & Content:

North America:

Plate tectonics, tectonic hazards, industry, transnational corporations, the American Dream, migration

Term 3 Topics & Content:

South America:

Ecosystems, polar regions, rainforests, climate change, urbanisation, life in squatter settlements, tourism

Year 9

Term 1 Topics & Content:


Urbanisation trends, urban land use in HICs and LICs, urban opportunities and challenges, Liverpool, Rio de Janeiro, sustainable urban living

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Natural Hazards:

Types of hazards, plate tectonics, tectonic hazards, global atmospheric circulation, weather hazards, extreme weather in the UK, climate change

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Resource Management:

Global distribution of resources, UK provision of food and energy and water, global water supply, sustainable water supplies

Key Stage 4 –: GCSE Geography – AQA 8035

Year 10

Term 1 Topics & Content:

The Living World:

Ecosystems, world biomes, tropical rainforests, deforestation, hot deserts, desertification

Term 2 Topics & Content:

The Changing Economic World:

Uneven development (causes and measurements), the demographic transition model, strategies for closing the development gap, the Nigerian economy, the UK economy

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Fieldwork Investigations:

Preparation, fieldwork studies in Liverpool CBD (Albert Dock) and Ainsdale dunes, and analysis of investigations

Year 11

Term 1 Topics & Content:

UK Physical Landscapes:

UK physical features, coastal processes, coastal landforms, coastal management, river processes, river landforms, river management, flooding

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Geographical Skills and Revision:

Cartographic, literacy and numeracy skills. Revision of each topic in units 1 and 2 of the course

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Issue Evaluation and Revision:

Study of the pre-release material for the unit 3 examination, further revision of course content and skills

Key Stage 5: A level Geography – AQA 7037

Year 12

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Physical Geography – Coastal Systems:

The coastal system, energy, processes, landforms, management, sea level change, contrasting coastal environments

Human Geography – Urban Environments:

Urbanisation, megacities and world cities, urban forms, Rio de Janeiro, Liverpool, social and economic issues, environmental issues, sustainable urban development

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Physical Geography – Water and Carbon Cycles:

Stores and transfers of water, drainage basin systems, flood hydrographs, cycle changes, the carbon cycle and budget, human interventions, tropical rainforests, local river study

Human Geography – Changing Places

The concept of place, categories of place, factors affecting place, relationships and connections, representation of place, Riverside ward study, Ormskirk study

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Physical Geography – Hazards

Perception of hazards, hazards and humans, plate tectonics, tectonic hazards (vulcanicity and seismicity), storm hazards, wildfires, a multi-hazardous environment

Human Geography – Global Systems

Globalisation, transnational corporations, international trade, trading blocs, global governance, the global commons

Year 13

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Individual Investigation:

Production of an individual investigation relating to the specification for the unit 3 section of the course (worth 20% of the final grade).

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Geographical Skills and Revision:

Cartographic, literacy and numeracy skills. Revision of each topic in units 1 and 2 of the course.

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Examination Techniques and Revision:

Extended writing techniques developed, final revision of unit content for examinations of units 1 and 2 of the course.

Out of Hours Activities (what, when,where):

Pre-school, break and lunch sessions available with Departmental staff.

PC facilities available in room G4 each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:15 until 4:15.

Department Website Links (including exam boards, revision sites etc):