In our rapidly changing world Geography has an important role to play in helping pupils to understand their relationship to others and to the global environment in the 21st century.

The aims of the Geography courses at NLS are:

Ø      Encourage pupils to enjoy Geography

Ø      Develop pupil's analytical skills by exploring and questioning the world around them

Ø      Explore the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment.

Ø      Explore the relationships between people, physical features, human activities and environmental resources.

Ø      Encourage pupils to question: Where? What? Why? How?

Ø      Make pupils aware that Geography matters to everyone.


Year 7-8 curriculum

Students have two hours a week of Geography during year 7 and 8 and four topics are studied in each year. The topics are outlined below:-

Year 7

Year 8

Beautiful Britain

Cruel World

Fragile Environments

Tourism in a Changing World

Extreme Environments

Changing Nations

You as a European

Watery World


Assessments – each topic has two key assessments, one is a project style assessment with an enquiry focus to it and the second assessment is an end of topic test.


Year 9, 10 and 11 curriculum

 Currently AQA syllabus is being followed and includes the following:-

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment (1 hour 30 minutes / 35%). This unit includes the Challenge of Natural Hazards, physical landscapes in the UK and the Living World.

 Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment (1 hour 30 minutes / 35%). This unit includes Urban Issues and Challenges, The Changing Economic World and Resource Management (with focus on Food or Water or Energy)

 Paper 3: Geographical Application (1 hour / 30%) Issue Evaluation – The first half of the exam is based on a pre-released booklet sent to schools 12 weeks before the exam. The issue changes each year but will be based on any topic from the course. Students will have the opportunity to work through the resources, enabling them to become familiar with the material in preparation for questions about it in the exam. The second half of the paper is based on two fieldwork enquiries carried out, these are currently based in Brean, Somerset in order to investigate physical processes at the coastline and Birmingham City Centre, based on urban regeneration. Both fieldwork days are a compulsory part of GCSE Geography.


Year 12 and 13 curriculum

“Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. It is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, and physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment.”

Quote from the Royal Geographical Society.

In line with the above quotation, the A Level course is very much about the relationship between man and his environment. The course aims to develop our understanding of both human and physical environments and looks very closely at the interactive role of human activity and the environment.

Currently OCR syllabus is being followed with 5 lessons a week being taught in both year 12 and 13. The course it outlined below. Students will participate in a fieldwork week at the end of year 12 in order to carry out data collection for their independent investigation. Recent locations visited by the Geography department at NLS include South Wales, Somerset and for 2018 the Lake District.




Enrichment opportunities

A Geography club meet on a weekly basis and is open to all students. The club are involved with many aspects of Geography including producing termly Geography in the News articles, assisting at Open Evenings, judging Geography competitions and many more activities.










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