Key Stage 4 Courses Key Stage 5 Courses
AQA GCSE Geography Unit Code 8035 AQA A Level Geography Unit Code 7037

Why do we study Geography?

So many of the world's current issues – at a global scale and locally - boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them. Global warming affects countries and regions, food and energy security, the degradation of land and soils from overuse and misuse, the spread of disease, the causes and consequences of migration, and the impacts of economic change on places and communities. These are just some of the challenges facing the next generation, which geographers must help solve.

The Geography Department Team

Ms J Panesar Curriculum Leader of Geography
Mr A Balu Geography Teacher & Assistant Headteacher
Ms M Dirie Geography Teacher
Ms G Leonard Geography Teacher & Deputy Headteacher
Ms S Wheeler Geography Teacher & Raising Standards Leader Years 7-8

The Geography Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 

Year 7 

  • The Geographer’s Toolkit 
  • The UK & Growing Cities 
  • Population Explosion 
  • Water on Land 
  • Africa: A Continent of Contrasts 

Year 8 

  • Life on Land 
  • The Future of Antarctica 
  • Restless Earth 
  • Tourism 
  • Our Shrinking World 

Year 9 

  • Factfulness 
  • Oceans Under Threat 
  • Development & Disease 
  • The Conflict of Geography 

Key Stage 4 

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards 
  • The Living World 
  • The UK’s Physical Landscapes 
  • The Challenge of Resource Management 
  • Urban Issues and Challenges 
  • The Changing Economic World 
  • Field Work Enquiry 

Key Stage 5 

  • Water & Carbon Cycle 
  • Coastal Systems 
  • Hazards 
  • Global Systems & Governance 
  • Changing Places 
  • Population & the Environment 
  • Fieldwork Enquiry

Important textbooks, resources and websites we use at each Key Stage

Key Stage 3

  • Geog 1 OUP Oxford 3rd edition
  • Geog 2 OUP Oxford 3rd edition
  • Geog 3 OUP Oxford 3rd edition
  • Kerboodle

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

  • AQA A Level Geography Hodder Education 4th edition
  • Kerboodle

Homework in Geography

  • KS3 set every week incorporating a variety of skills and approaches including written work, research, projects, presentations and questions
  • KS4 set every week based around exam questions and exam board expectations
  • KS5 set twice a week, one human, one physical piece based around exam questions and exam board expectations

Enrichment Opportunities in Geography

  • Model United Nations conferences and debates throughout the year Royal Geographical Society lectures
  • Fieldwork at KS4 and KS5

Gifted and More Able Students in the Geography Department

Every lesson will have differentiated resources and activities aimed at stretching the most able. Work at each key stage has the opportunity for learning up to the key stage above. There will be opportunities for identified high achieving groups to work independently outside the lessons at a higher standard than the standard levels of progress.



Key Stage 4 Courses Key Stage 5 Courses
Edexcel GCSE History Edexcel A Level History

Why do we study History?

As William Faulkner put it, ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even the past’. A knowledge and understanding of History serves to help understand the society and culture of the modern world. The Roman Senator Cicero said it best when he declared, “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?” To be able to recognise patterns and motives in our world today, through the prism of a knowledge of the past, offers a rare insight and perspective into the seemingly baffling ever-changing times that we live in.

The skills and critical thinking that are developed through historical understanding are fundamental to the skills and cerebral activities that help young people succeed in this digital age of populist ‘fake news’. Understanding the provenance, the origin and the usefulness of sources, allied to deep contextual knowledge, is the bedrock of comprehending the modern age.

The History Department Team

Mr N Clarke Curriculum Leader of History
Mr T Rich History Teacher & Assistant Headteacher
Ms  F Thomas History Teacher
Mr M Liddell History Teacher
Ms L Swain Deputy Curriculum Leader History
Mr A Khan History Teacher & Raising Standards Leader Years 12 & 13

The History Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 - Years 7 and 8

 Year 7 

·         What is History? (A background to History and historical skills)

·         Did the Romans change England forever?

·         What degree of change did the Norman Conquest bring to England?

·         What were the main consequences of the Crusades?

·         How important was the Peasants Revolt in causing the Peasants Revolt?

·         How powerful was the Mughal empire?

·         The Reformation and religious change under the Tudors

·         How should Elizabethan England be remembered?

·         Does Cromwell deserve a statue outside Parliament?


Year 8

·         Why was there a witch craze in the 1640s?

·         The Triangle Trade: How significant are 1807 and 1833?

·         What was the impact of industrialisation upon Britain?

·         How should the British empire be remembered?

·         Why did the Great War begin in 1914? Why did it end in Nov 1918?

·         Was appeasement a mistake?

·         How far did Britain stand alone in WW2?


Year 9

·         What historical lessons can be learnt from the Holocaust?

·         Can the use of atomic weapons to end WW2 in Asia be justified?

·         What constitutes terrorism, and who decides?

·         A local study: why are we here in Hayes?

·         Migration through time: the Middle Ages from Vikings to Huguenots


Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11                                                    

·         Medicine in Britain, including the Western Front, 1250 – present

·         The Reigns of King Richard and King John, 1189 – 1216

·         The American West, 1836 – 1895

·         Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1919 – 1939


Key Stage 5 – Years 12 and 13

A Level

·         Britain, 1625 – 1701

·         Russia in Revolution, 1894 – 1924

·         Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA, 1850 – 2009

·         Coursework; 3000-4000 word researched essay on Historical Interpretations

Important textbooks, resources and websites we use at each Key Stage

Key Stage 3

BBC History Bitesize KS3

Key Stage 4

BBC History Bitesize GCSE
The relevant Edexcel textbooks and revision guides (see above)

Key Stage 5

Revolutions in Early Modern and Modern Europe (Pearson)
A People’s Tragedy, Orlando Figes

Isabelle Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns

Vivienne Sanders,

Adam Fairclough, Better Day Coming


Homework in History

Homework in Years 7 and 8 will focus on the embedding of historical knowledge. Students will receive regular knowledge tests in order for them to use this knowledge in their assessments.

In Years 9 to 13 students in History will not only embed historical knowledge but they will also practice GCSE and AS/A Level exam questions.

Enrichment opportunities in History

Students from Years 7 to 13 in History can participate in the bi-termly Film Club.

The History department is undertakes a trip to the Western Front Battlefields every summer for KS4 students.

Gifted and More Able Students in the History Department

As students are put in ability sets throughout Year 7-11, the more able students will receive a vigorous and stretching academic experience. The focus is on developing their vocabulary, deepening their understanding of second order concepts and reaching criteria-rich judgments.