September 2017 Admissions Information - click here



Geography is not just taught at the Friary School, for every geography specialist at the Friary it is a way of life!geogweb1.jpg

Geography is taught by five specialists all with the passion and drive to ensure that topics are relevant, interesting and enjoyable. We all truly believe that it is imperative that all students have access to a curriculum that inspires them to understand the world in which they live and how they impact upon it. This understanding is fundamental in preparing them to make and understand necessary changes and decisions that will impact upon their future.

Our programmes of study are constantly challenged by our changing world and it is for this reason that they remain dynamic. Our resources are continually updated to ensure the topicality is accurate and that relevant changes and breakthroughs are demonstrated. As specialists and enthusiasts we also appreciate the flexibility within our programmes to ensure that topical events can be addressed. These may range from London Olympics to Natural Disasters and their impacts inspiring students to always question what they are told and to search for a new answer. It is this understanding of past, present and future that enables geographers to learn so many skills.

"Geography prepares for the world of work - geographers, with their skills of analysis are highly employable!" Michael Palin


We have seen two A Level students receive funding from the Royal Geographical Society to complete research during a gap year. There has been a visit and tour of Australia and a visit to Borneo to work with primates. On return from their ‘adventures’ students have received funding and training to become Geography Ambassadors for the Royal Geographical Society.


Geography teaches out of two main classrooms that are equipped with projectors and one interactive whiteboard. These are located on the top corridor in the main teaching block. We have a range of fieldwork equipment to offer students a practical element to aid their understanding.




Mrs K Abbott (Subject Leader)
Mrs H Barratt
Mrs K Light
Mr O Forster (Assistant Head teacher)
Mrs H Young


Courses & Syllabus

The current programme of study for KS3 Sept 2014 can be seen under the curriculum link but a summary is provided below.


Year 7
Year 8
Year 9

7.1 Map Skills

7.2 Tourism

7.3 Rainforests and Desert biomes

7.4 Weather

7.5 Food and Culture

7.6 Population

8.1 Rivers

8.2 Antarctica

8.3 The Geography of Conflict

8.4 Brazil

8.5 The Environment

8.6 Geology

9.1 Africa study

9.2 Global Hazards

9.3 Sustainable Cities

9.4 Jamaica study

9.5 Coasts

9.6 China


Students that choose to study Geography at GCSE level have made a wise decision in preparing themselves for the future.

GCSE geography aims to:-

•    actively engage in the process of geography to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
•    develop their knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the    relevance of these concepts to our changing world
•    develop a framework of spatial awareness in which to appreciate the importance of the location of places and environments from local to global
•    appreciate the differences and similarities between people’s views of the world, its environments, societies and cultures
•    understand the significance of values and attitudes to the development and resolution of issues
•    develop their responsibilities as global citizens and recognise how they can contribute to a future that is sustainable and inclusive
•    develop and apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork and other out-of-classroom learning
•    use geographical skills, appropriate technologies, enquiry and analysis.aqa-GCSE-geog.PNG








The GCSE specification followed is:  AQA GCSE Geography A

Students follow 4 main units of work:- 

Unit 1: Physical Geography

•    The Restless Earth
  • The Earth’s crust is unstable, especially at plate margins.
  • Unique landforms occur at plate margins.
  • People use these landforms as a resource and adapt to the conditions within them.
  • Volcanoes are hazards resulting from tectonic activity.
  • Supervolcanoes are on a much bigger scale than other volcanoes and an eruption would have global consequences.
  • Earthquakes occur at constructive, destructive and conservative plate margins.
  • The effects of earthquakes and responses to them differ due to contrasts in levels of wealth.
  • Tsunamis are a specific secondary effect and can have devastating effects in coastal areas.
•    Water on the Land
  • The shape of river valleys changes as rivers flow downstream due to the dominance of different processes.
  • Distinctive landforms result from different processes as rivers flow downstream.
  • The amount of water in a river fluctuates due to a number of reasons.
  • Rivers flood due to a number of physical and human causes.
  • The effects of and responses to floods vary between areas of contrasting levels of wealth.
  • Rivers are managed to provide a water supply. There are a variety of issues resulting from this.
•    Coastal Zone
  • The coast is shaped by weathering, mass movement, erosion, transportation and deposition.
  • Distinctive landforms result from different processes.
  • Rising sea level will have important consequences for people living in the coastal zone.
  • Coastal erosion can lead to cliff collapse.
  • Coastal areas provide a unique environment and habitat. There is need for conservation and this leads to conflict with other land uses.

Unit 2: Human Geography

•    Population change

  • Over time the global population increases and the population structures of different countries change.
  • A range of strategies has been tried by countries experiencing rapid population growth.
  • An ageing population impacts on the future development of a country.
  • The relationship between the population structure and population decline and the impact on the future economic development.
  • Population movements impact on both the source regions of migrants and the receiving countries.
  • Migration

•    Changing Urban Environments

  • Urbanisation is a global phenomenon.
  • Urban areas have a variety of functions and land uses.
  • There are aspects of urban living in a richer part of the world that need careful planning in order to support the population and environment of cities and towns.
  • Rapid urbanisation has led to the development of squatter settlements and an informal sector to the economy.
  • Rapid urbanisation in a poorer part of the world requires the management of the environmental problems caused.
  • Attempts can be made to ensure that urban living is sustainable.


  • The global growth of tourism has seen the exploitation of a range of different environments for holidaymakers.
  • Effective management strategies are the key to the continuing prosperity of tourist areas in the UK.
  • Mass tourism has advantages for an area but strategies need to be in place to reduce the likelihood of long-term damage.
  • Extreme environments are susceptible to environmental damage from the development of tourism.
  • Sustainability requires the development of ecotourism.


A Level Geography builds on the foundations from GCSE Geography. The reasons for choosing to advance your knowledge in Geography are many.  Geographers study the interaction between people and the places they inhabit.  As such it is a relevant and flexible subject which integrates well with a variety of other subject areas and can usefully be combined with a variety of disciplines including, Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Mathematics. It allows the science specialist to develop important literacy skills and the arts specialist to develop important numeric and graphical skills.

The skills learnt make Geographers some of the most employable graduates ‘across an enviable range of professions that offer real prospects’. There is no set career path for Geographers; our skills are highly sought after and transferable.

Edexcel A’ Level is currently offered at the Friary School:-

What will I learn? The world we live in is changing. Geography allows you to see why and how it is changing. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team working, problem solving and environmental awareness.

AS Course

Unit 1: Global Challenges
The meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges. How we can influence global challenges through our own lives. There are two compulsory topics that form this unit World at Risk and Going Global
Unit 2: Geographical investigations
A closer look at how physical and human issues influence lives and can be managed.
Topic 1: Crowded Coasts reveals how increasing development is testing our ability to manage these valued environments.
Topic 2: Rebranding Places focuses on how we need to re-image and regenerate rural and urban places, using appropriate strategies.

A2 Course

Unit 3: Contested Planet
The use and management of resources is a key issue for geography in today’s world.
Consumption patterns highlight stark inequalities between regions, countries and groups of people. Many resources are finite, and rising consumption means that difficult decisions over the use of resources will have to be taken more frequently. There are six compulsory topics:
Energy Security, Water Conflicts, Biodiversity Under Threat, Superpower Geographies, Bridging the Development Gap and The Technological Fix?
Unit 4: Geographical Research
Options range from those with a strong physical geographical focus, to those concerned more with environmental, social and cultural geographies. Students must select and study one of the following research options:- Tectonic Activity and Hazards, Cold Environments – Landscapes and Change, Life on the Margins – the Food Supply Problem, The World of Cultural Diversity, Pollution and Human Health at Risk or Consuming the Rural Landscape – Leisure and Tourism.

Links for Learning

Explore the websites below - and enjoy! (This is an absolutely fantastic site which has short videos about every topic you study that make things really easy to understand so why not have a look!) (A brilliant mapping site which shows you whichever part of the country you are interested in - maps and aerial photographs!) This website is interesting - type in your postcode and it will give your home a score out of 100 according to how many facilities you have within walking distance of your home!