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Bishop Douglass Catholic School

Bishop Douglass Catholic School

In Pursuit Of Excellence


Geography is a popular subject at GCSE, AS and A2 level with many students opting to pursue a University course based on a Geographical subject specialism.

Key Stage 3 

The Key Stage 3 course has been developed to engage and inspire students and instil in them a curiosity to find out more about the world that they live in.

We aim to deepen our students’ understanding about the diverse world they live in and equip them with key geographical skills such as enquiry, resource interpretation and fieldwork.

The curriculum consists of a balance of physical and human topics that are relevant in today’s changing world and regularly include current affairs and news from around the world.

During Year 7 the students cover: weather and climate, biomes, sustainability, population, rivers and tectonics. A wide range of relevant places and countries are used as case studies and the students are taught many new and important skills that they will use throughout their geographical studies.

During Year 8 the students cover: development, the Arctic, climate change, globalisation and coasts. As with Year 7 students are taught using a range of relevant case studies from different places around the world.

Key Stage 4 

The KS4 course builds on the skills and content learnt in KS3 and the topics covered are a balance of physical and human geography. We study the Edexcel GCSE Geography B syllabus and aim to include many exciting and relevant case studies throughout.

The course includes the following topics: hazardous earth, development dynamics, challenges of an urbanising World, the UK’s physical environment, the UK’s human environment, fieldwork, people and the biosphere, forests under threat and consuming energy.

Key Stage 5 

Geography’s balance between humanities and sciences makes it a strong A-level subject that is extremely valuable no matter what students decide to go on to study. There is some familiar but more detailed content from KS4 however it is the new topics that stretch a student’s geographical knowledge and understanding to a greater level.

A-level geography again consists of a balance of physical and human geography that includes topics such as: geopolitics, changing places, water and energy insecurity and the carbon cycle.

Enrichment Opportunities 

There are a wide range of trips that students go on, designed to help them develop their understanding of key concepts and further develop their enquiry skills. Students have visited the Natural History Museum, the London Zoo and the highlight is a GCSE trip to Walton on the Naze to study beach defences.

A-level fieldwork trips are run in both urban and rural areas surrounding London and there is an opportunity for A-level students to go to Naples to further their knowledge of the Natural Hazards, Coasts and Urban Places.  

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