Geography is the study of the world today and it is a highly valued qualification for many career paths. As our understanding of the Earth and our environment develops, more career routes will open for Geographers. IT is also increasingly used by Geographers to map and survey the world, and their skills are valued in a wide range of fields including Construction, Housing, Transport and Sustainable Energy.

Career links

  • Estate Manager
  • Forestry Ranger
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Pollution Analyst
  • Surveyor
  • Town Planner


Geography ensures that students are able to interpret and understand the diverse, dynamic and ever-changing world around them. It is important that students “see” the geography everywhere they go and are able to acquire a sense of place through experiential learning which then leads to a sense of wider global citizenship.

It is vital to ensure that there is a balance between human, physical and environmental geographical elements and enquiry based skills.

Geography is a broad and diverse subject area encompassing a wide range of elements from economic and political systems to geomorphological processes that have shaped our landscape and future global concerns.

Geography also incorporates the study of global cultures, societies and ethics helping our students to develop a broad understanding of the world and consequently this allows them to develop tolerance and inclusivity.


Subject progression & sequencing (topic length in weeks)

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 7
  • Pendle Power – Introduction to Geography, The local area, Map skills
  • Weather and climate
  • Greenfield and brownfield – settlement and housing issues in the UK
  • Greenfield and brownfield
  • Fantastic places – several amazing places in the world e.g. Old Man of Hoy and Death Valley.
  • Enquiry work on the conservation of Stonehenge and the environment around it
Year 8
  • Impossible places – Study of several impossible places- Svalbard, Russia, Antarctica, Dubai and the oceans of the world. These are categorized as impossible because of their climate or physical geography
  • Impossible places
  • Risky places – earthquakes and volcanoes
  • Risky places
  • Risky places
  • Adventure landscapes – places with amazing landscapes e.g. Derbyshire with its caves and limestone features and Kilimanjaro in East Africa
  • Adventure landscapes
Year 9
  • Money and power – the BRICS and the emerging countries of China and India
  • Wild weather – tropical storms
  • Wild weather
  • Keeping the lights on – resources and energy
  • Keeping the lights on
  • World biomes – the main ecosystems/ biomes of the world
Year 10
  • Changing cities
  • Coasts – coastal processes using the example of the Holderness coast in East Yorkshire
  • Weather and climate
  • The UK
  • The UK
  • Resource management – managing our energy needs, renewable energy
  • Resource management
  • Fieldwork – Ambleside
Year 11
  • Ecosystems – deciduous woodlands of the UK
  • Rivers
  • Rivers
  • Fieldwork write up- Ambleside
  • Changing cities- Mexico City, issues and solutions
  • Fieldwork – rivers
  • Revision and exam preparation

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