Key Stage 3 – Geography

Geography is an awe-inspiring subject where you can learn about people, places and the interactions between them. Geography is one of the most important subjects in terms of educating our future leaders about the serious issues and threats that we face today. Geography envelops students with the skills and understanding to be better prepared for their future.

Our GCSE Geography results in 2015 were well above the national average with 88% A*- C. Chatsmore has a very proud record of excellence in Geography over the years.

The profile of Geography in the school is rising. Chatsmore students have a real passion for geography, this has been developed with the focus on geographical skills through a new engaging and dynamic curriculum. Students are more engaged with important issues discussed in depth such as the EU referendum and climate change. One of the main aims for the geography team is to nurture active citizens with a strong voice rather than passive bystanders.

The Geography department has increased participation and engagement through various competitions throughout the year. This public platform has raised the bar and has motivated students to produce some amazing work. At the start of term there was a “young geographer of the year” national competition where students had to present ideas about why Antarctica matters. This proved very successful with some amazing work, especially from Kobe Calvert and Kieren Mandalain. Chatsmore has recently joined the Eco Young and Engaged community (E.Y.E) this is a platform where our students will be actively engaged with the issues and better understand the impacts of climate change. The E.Y.E organisation organised a climate change art competition in which we were selected as the best Secondary school 2016. Elysia Nicholls won the competition and Sophie Tulley’s work was highly commended, it will go on display in an exhibition in the autumn. Their hard work won £150 toward sustainable initiatives for the school.

Next academic year we will run an eco-club where students will take part in activities after school and competitions to raise the profile and help to create a more sustainable Chatsmore. Students will have the opportunity to plan and bid for local sustainability funding to improve the ecology and diversity of wildlife around this area. Another key focus of the eco-club is to improve links with local community groups.

Geography at Chatsmore is an expanding subject and one which is continuing to grow in terms of the wealth of experiences that are offered as well as the number of pupils who choose to study it. The number of students who have chosen to study Geography has doubled with the current cohort. The Geography department also offers a wide range of opportunities outside of the classroom. Next year Year 7’s will have an opportunity to explore their local area and gather some primary data that they can use to produce a mini investigation. Year 8 will be involved in the “young geographer of the year” competition. There will be other sustainable projects throughout the year that are linked to the eco-club. Year 9/10 will have the opportunity to go to Worthing to develop fieldwork skills and to Seaford and Birling Gap to look at the effects of coastal management on different areas.

ICT is an integral part of the Geography curriculum. As part of their studies pupils will participate in regular group work and individual tasks as well as develop their presentation skills through a range of topics. ICT is fundamental to the geography department collaborative approach to learning.

Studying Geography will give your child more confidence and belief in order to understand the world so they can become independent learners with enquiring minds.

Key Stage 4 – Geography

Subject Exam Board Syllabus Number Physical and Human Paper 1 & 2 Geographical Skills Paper
GCSE Geography AQA AQA 8035 70% 30%

Is this the right subject for me?

If it is good enough for Prince William, it’s good enough for you. He studied Geography at university and now uses these skills as a helicopter pilot for the RAF.
If you are interested in the world around you, then geography is relevant and up to date. You will get to grips with the big questions that affect our world; hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, migration and employment. There has never been a better time to study Geography.

What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

The key stage 3 Geography course has already prepared you for GCSE Geography. You have developed a variety of skills and touched on some of the GCSE topics, such as flooding, jobs and earthquakes. You need to be interested in and aware of the world around you.

What will I learn?

Geographers study different issues on a local and a national level to gain an insight to ever changing global issues. The course is divided up into 3 units covering a range of physical and human geography.

Specific areas of study

Unit 1: Living with the physical environment

This unit is concerned with the dynamic nature of physical environments and human interaction with them in a variety of places and at a range of scales. The focus is on tectonic and climactic hazards, ecosystems such as in the tropical rainforest and Arctic tundra and a focus on the physical landscape and rivers and coasts of the UK.

Unit 2: Challenges to the human environment

This unit is concerned with human challenges and how these change over time and with the development of a country. The three main topics are urban issues and challenges, economic development and resource management.

Unit 3: Geographical applications

Students are required to develop and demonstrate a range of geographical skills, including map, graphical, numerical and statistical skills. Another key strand of this unit is to undertake two geographical enquiries where students complete fieldwork and get a chance to collect primary data and undertake geographical investigation

How will I be assessed?

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What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

Geography is an excellent academic subject, well respected by further education institutions and employers. You might decide to continue to study Geography at A Level, as well as using the geography skills you have developed in other subjects.
Careers include: forestry; town planning; environmental science; nature conservation; land surveying; weather forecasting, business management and Information technology.

For more information, please consult:

If you want to find out more about this GCSE Geography course then you can visit the AQA website at
You could also talk to Mr Clarke or email and he will be able to describe the course in detail and advise you of what you need to do next when it comes to your options. If you want to find out more on what this subject can enable you to do, don’t forget Mrs Williams is available for career advice.