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 addresses. 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


Year 12 students have completed a residential trip to Scarborough looking at tourism and coastal erosion. They even got their feet / bottoms wet completing the practical elements!

GCSE students will be conducting rivers fieldwork in Carding Mill Valley.

Year 9:  Looked at the study of urban issues and regeneration and visited the amazing Manchester City Ground and Trafford Centre to create a case study.

Year 8: TBC

Year 7: TBC


The past two years 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 students have are also received funding and training to become Geography Ambassadors who support the society throughout the UK.


Geography teaches out of two main classrooms that are equipped with projectors and one interactive whiteboard. These are located 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 2011 onwards can be seen below, but as stated this is subject to change depending upon any topical units that can be substituted to create greater world awareness.


Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
7.1 Why are there volcanoes in Hawaii and earthquakes in Alaska?

7.2 Who needs a Sat Nav?

7.3 So you are going on holiday…?

7.4 What are ecosystems and how should they be managed?

7.5 What is a MEDC really like?

7.6 Are all settlements the same?

7.7 Was the EU such a good idea?

8.1 Should we care too much about Antarctica?

8.2 What has geography got to do with crime?

8.3 Why should we care about the weather?

8.4 Are the rainforests really that important?

8.5 Are we using too much energy?

8.6 Why are we fighting in Afghanistan?

8.7 What do rivers do?

9.1 How can we improve our cities?

9.2 Should people stay in one place?

9.3 Is Britain getting smaller?

9.4 What is a LEDC really like?

9.5 Is China the next superpower?

9.6 Are hurricanes a problem?

9.7 Is globalisation good?

* units where fieldwork is delivered.


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.

The specification followed is:  Edexcel GCSE Geography B

Students follow 4 main units of work:-

Unit 1: Dynamic Planet
This unit will give you a sound understanding of important physical processes such as geological processes, ecosystems, the atmosphere and climate, and the hydrological cycle.
These topics are interlinked and although you may study them separately the unit is designed to show you how physical geography combines to create a ‘life support system’ for the planet.

Unit 2: People and the Planet
This unit focuses on human geography. In a similar way to Unit 1, it links together to build an overall understanding of human geography. You will study how populations grow and change, where people live and work, and how they exploit and use resources. Within Units 1 and 2 you will also be able to choose to study some topics in more depth such as rivers or coasts, cities or the countryside, development or economic geography and oceans or extreme climates.
Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions
This unit is a decision-making exercise, where you study a specific topic, such as Antarctica, in detail. This is designed to teach you how to make decisions about a specific topic, based on the evidence studied.

Unit 4: Researching Geography
This will involve undertaking research, carrying out fieldwork and then writing it up. The research and fieldwork can be undertaken out of class, but the writing up will all be in class time.


A Level Geography builds on the foundations from GCSE Geography. The reasons for choosing to advance you 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 science, e.g. Maths, Computer Studies, Physics, Chemistry and Biology; or arts, eg. English, History and Modern Languages; and social sciences, eg. Economics.  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 sort 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.
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 geography 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! - news stories covering all aspects of Geography. geogweb4.jpg (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!
(Fun Geography Games!)