The Geography Department at St Bede’s Catholic High School fully supports the mission statement of the school. The curriculum outlined below is designed to encourage achievement in all students of all abilities. The department seeks to promote geography as a dynamic, exciting subject and believes students should enjoy geography and be exposed to a variety of teaching and learning styles. Through enjoyment of the subject they will be encouraged to aim for the highest standards in all that they do.
Key Stage 3
Geography at Key Stage 3 contributes to a broad and balanced curriculum which meets the needs of all students. We aim to give students the opportunity to study a wide range of topics throughout Key Stage 3 in the hope of fostering a passion and interest for geography and the world around them. Alongside this, students will develop a range of transferable skills that can be used in other areas of the curriculum.
Key Stage 4
GCSE students are currently studying the AQA Specification. This course includes elements of human, physical and environmental Geography. In addition, we also cover a range of geographical skills, including map and graph work.
This course takes a linear approach, meaning that 100% of the total GCSE grade is achieved through three separate examinations at the end of Year 11.
Paper 1: Living with the physical environment
Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment
Paper 3: Geographical applications and skills
The full exam specification can be found at:
The new specification (8035) recognises the vital role geography has in the 21st century curriculum enabling our students to appreciate the complexity of our world and the diversity of its environments, economies and cultures.
As a department our aim is to bring the subject to life for our students. We try to do this through offering a wide range of trips. In Year 7 our students complete fieldwork for their settlement topic in Ormskirk town centre, in Year 9 they complete fieldwork on erosion at Formby beach and at GCSE our students currently complete fieldwork in Liverpool city centre and at the River Wyre.