• Geography


Welcome to Geography

All pupils will study Geography throughout Years 7 and 8 and into Year 9, at which stage they will have the option to continue to GCSE.

The course aims to consolidate and extend pupils’ knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features.

They will understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time. In doing so, they will become aware of increasingly complex geographical systems in the world around them.

They will develop greater competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches and concepts [such as models and theories] and geographical skills in analysing and interpreting different data sources. In this way pupils will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding.

At GCSE students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the world in which we live. Teaching will provide students with a variety of skills such as map reading, problem solving, enquiry skills and becoming an independent learner.

As well as classroom based learning, students will have the opportunity to undertake field studies off-site. They will also be expected to complete a controlled assessment accounting for 25% of the total marks. Preparation for this will be in the students’ own time.

Key Stage 3

Over the key stage, pupils will typically follow three main areas of study

  1. Locational knowledge
    Pupils will extend their locational knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the world’s countries, using maps of the world to focus on Africa, Russia, Asia (including China and India), and the Middle East, focusing on their environmental regions, including polar and hot deserts, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities.

  2. Place knowledge
    Pupils will understand geographical similarities, differences and links between places through the study of the human and physical geography of a region in Africa and a region in Asia

  3. Human and physical geography
    Pupils will understand, through the use of detailed place-based exemplars at a variety of scales, the key processes in:
    • Physical geography relating to: geological timescales and plate tectonics; rocks, weathering and soils;
    • Weather and climate, including the change in climate from the Ice Age to the present; and glaciation, hydrology and coasts
    • Human geography relating to: population and urbanisation; international development; economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors; and the use of natural resources
    They will understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on the effective functioning of natural systems

  4. Geographical skills and fieldwork
    • Pupils will build on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases, and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the classroom and in the field
    • Interpret Ordnance Survey maps in the classroom and the field, including using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping, and aerial and satellite photographs.
    • Use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data
    • Use fieldwork in contrasting locations to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data, using multiple sources of increasingly complex information

Key Stage 4 – GCSE option

The GCSE Geography course will builds on the topics and skill learnt during years 7-9.
The course will focus on Physical and Human Geography.

Physical Geography looks at aspects of the world around us, including rivers, coasts,
volcanoes and earthquakes.

Human Geography looks at people and how they live in and change the environment. This
includes urban environments, population and tourism.


  • 75% externally assessed exam
  • 25% controlled study

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About the NLC

NLC consists of four schools, covering a full range of ability from 3 - 19 years. Each school has its own distinctive ethos and identity but all share the common goal of catering to the specific needs of each student.