Key Stage 4 Pathways



This subject covers a number of exciting topics which develop students’ skills and enable them to become global citizens of the future. The key to this subject is enthusiasm, determination and commitment. All students sit the same level exam at the end of the course.

What will I learn?

Living with the Physical environment 

Investigating tectonic hazards, tropical storms, extreme weather and Climate Change.

Coastal landscapes in the UK

Discover the processes and landform that shape the UK coastline. Look at costal management and the potential conflicts that can arise.

Living World

Examine the relationships between the environment and humans, focusing on two specific ecosystems; Hot Deserts and Tropical Rainforests.

Challenges in the human environment



Issue Evaluation







Studying the multiple urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and the need to effectively manage resources including food, water and energy.


This synoptic unit brings together multiple elements of the above topics and presents students with problem-solving tasks around key geographical issues. There will be content released before the examination that gives students the opportunity to work through the resources and familiarise themselves with the topic in hand.


Students complete two fieldwork enquiries involving the use of primary and secondary data. One enquiry will involve a physical geography topic and the other a human topic.

How will I be assessed?

There are three exams which are all assessed at the end of Year 11, covering a variety of physical geography and human geography topics. Students will also undertake two pieces of fieldwork which develop the necessary skills and understanding for one of the examinations.

What could my next steps be?

GCSE Geography gives students such a wide range of skills and knowledge and can be a stepping-stone to jobs in research, transport/urban planning, journalism, travel, cartography and environmental science, also if you want to be a climatologist, volcanologist, medical researcher, lawyer, teacher or even work in the media.

Mr Ford (Head of Geography) –