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Geography is the study of the Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is the study of our dynamic and ever changing world in which we live. Geography enables students to:

  • Enquire about the world using ‘big ideas’ such as place, space and interdependence.
  • Use powerful ways of analysing, explaining and understanding the world.
  • Know about core regions of the world, and a range of Geographical issues and hazards
  • Participate in debates in significant local, national and global issues.
  • Go beyond their own experience, and develop their understanding in the field completing their own fieldwork and investigations.


At St. Ambrose, pupils cover a range of Issues such as Creating Connections completing local fieldwork, Population comparing changing trends in the world; Core Regions in the world such as Europe, SE Asia, The Indian Subcontinent and Africa; Hazards such as Tectonics, Floods, Climate Change, The UK’s Geology, and River Investigations.

Pupils will complete local fieldwork investigations across a variety of locations from Hale Barns, Salford Quays, Chester Zoo and the Peak District.

Pupils complete regular ‘Research’, ‘Review’, ‘Revise’ and ‘Do’ homework, with embedded explain and assess questions in each topic, with longer End-of-Unit Assessments completed 3 times per year.


At St. Ambrose, GCSE students cover a range of Geographical issues, assessed in 2 Exam Papers worth 37.5%, Paper 1: Global Issues and Paper 2: UK Issues, the remaining 25% is a synoptic focused on global issues of development in country’s with either a tropical or cold forest environment.

Students taking GCSE Geography, develop a strong understanding of global and UK geography. By studying theories of development; the rise of megacities; challenges of a hazardous world; the UK’s geology, it’s river and coastal issues; UK human landscape and economic geography; and application to fieldwork investigations into human and physical geography; students develop a great depth of understanding and analytical skills required for further education.

We follow the Edexcel B GCSE Geography Specification.

Paper 1: Global Issues. Content – Hazards (Climate Change, Tropical Storms, Tectonics), Development Theory and focus on India example, Urbanisation theory and focus on Mumbai.

Paper 2: UK Issues. Content – The UK’s Geology, Rivers, Coasts, Human Geography and two GCSE fieldwork investigations into physical and human Geography.

Paper 3: Decision Making Exercise. Content – Comparing biomes, development issues and assessing sustainability of using and exploiting a cold or tropical forest environment.



At St. Ambrose A Level students drive their learning forwards, engaging in smaller classes and articulating their ideas,  the opportunity to cover a devise and wide ranging 21st century curriculum.

Students taking A Level Geography, leave with the ability to work with a range of Geographical Issues and resources, benefiting from smaller class sizes, strong relationships with teachers, a range of teaching and learning styles and activities’, with specialist A Level teachers. 

We follow the Edexcel A Level Geography Specification.

Paper 1: Physical Paper. Covers Tectonics and Coasts in Year 12, with planned fieldwork and residential opportunities to North West Wales. In Year 13 students cover Caron and Energy issues and sustainability. In Year 13 students cover Caron and Energy issues topics.

Paper 2: Human Paper. Covers Globalisation and Regeneration in Year 12, with planned fieldwork opportunities in rebranded East and Inner City Manchester. In Year 13 students cover Superpowers and then Migration, Identity and Sovereignty and Energy issues topics.

Paper 3: Synoptic Paper. Focusing on a development, globalisation or regeneration issues in a specific country or region of the world. Such as income inequalities created by lack of regulation as countries develop economically.

NEA in Geography is supported by fieldwork opportunities, where students can complete investigations into their own interest areas, applying theory, sampling, gathering primary and secondary data, analysis findings and critical findings.


Geography Curriculum Overview