Balshaw’s Church of England High School


Geography Department Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mrs S Thomasson the Curriculum Leader

  • Mrs S Thomasson - Curriculum Leader
  • Miss H Blenkinship
  • Miss E Brown 

Michael Palin quotes “Geography students hold the key to the world’s problems“ Geography at Balshaw’s gives students the opportunity to explore the world in which they live, encouraging them to develop a sense of citizenship within a local, national and global context. Students are encouraged to develop key skills such as enquiry, problem solving, decision making, synthesising ideas, identifying issues and communicating with others. This is done through investigation of the following key concepts:

Place Space Scale
Interdependence Physical and Human Processing Environmental Interaction
Sustainable development Cultural Understanding and Diversity

Year 11 Geography Revision Materials

Natural Hazards Questions and Answers

Revision Planner

Tectonic Hazards

Key Stage 3 Geography

In Years 7 & 8 students study Geography for 3 hours over the two week timetable.  Year 9 students study Geography for 2 hours per week.  All Geography teachers follow a consistent programme of study. Students study a range of human and physical topics, explore case study locations from around the world and investigate environmental, social, economic, and political issues affecting today’s society.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Map work— physical & human features

Map work— physical & human features


Map work— physical & human features




(including enquiry skills)


The UK—a sense of place


Population & Urbanisation




World Climate & Ecosystems




Issue Evaluation
Energy & development

The World of Food


(including climate change)


Africa, a continent of contrasts


A Tourist’s World


The Geography of Crime
(including enquiry skills)


Living World


Geographical enquiry skills



Issue Evaluation—Tropical Rainforest


Key Stage 4 Geography

Geography is a popular option at GCSE and all groups are taught by specialists.  Students follow the AQA specification.  This GCSE Geography course enables students to appreciate the complexity of our world and the diversity of its environments, economies and cultures.  The course builds on a number of topics studied at Key Stage 3 including tectonics, coasts, urban issues and challenges and development as well as introducing new concepts.

The Geography course is linear, students will sit all their exams at the end of the course, there is no coursework.  There are three exams:

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment 2: Challenges in the human environment 3: Geographical application
  • The challenge of natural hazards. (tectonic hazards, weather hazards, climate change)
  • Physical landscapes in the UK. (coasts & glaciation)
  • The living world. (ecosystems, tropical rainforests, hot environments)
  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management. (resource management & food)
  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical skills
How it is assessed
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 35% of GCSE
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 35% of GCSE
  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 30% of GCSE


GCSE programme of study:

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • The living world
  • Issues evaluation / Geographical skills
  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • The changing economic world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK (coasts & glaciation)
  • Fieldwork
  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The challenge of resource management (resource management & food)
  • Issues evaluation


Note: Year 11 September 2017 will complete the living world unit during the Autumn term of Year 11 as they only started the course in Year 10.

Geographical skills are taught across all topics and a geographical skills workbook is completed as a transition task during the summer between year 10 & 11.  All students receive a booklet of key questions and answers as they study each unit of work, they are encouraged to use these at home and with friends to regularly check their subject knowledge.