Geography

Year 7

Students will start their geographical journey by learning about the importance of the subject, the skills they can develop and the future careers that it can lead to. They will also study key aspects of weather and learn to measure and predict this effectively using a variety of techniques. Student will also get the opportunity to investigate the physical, human & environmental aspects of China and learn about our world’s population. Finally students will study about our global ecosystems and focus in on the continent of Europe and the different cultures and landscapes that exist within it.

Year 8

Students start the year by studying the importance of geography and then investigate world development and consider why some countries are richer than others. They will also consider how aid can help those countries and individuals living there. Students continue year 8 by studying the features of rivers and coastal areas before jetting off to The Horn of Africa to assess quality of life there and see if pirates still exist. Students will then study the concepts of globalisation and climate change before focusing in on India and assessing the impact of both these concepts on this country.

Year 9

Students will investigate a range of topics including conflict, natural hazards and resource management. They will identify, describe and explain patterns that exist within these areas and consider how this knowledge can be used by world leaders to plan effectively for the future. Students in year 9 also study glaciation and how it has impacted our landscapes. Finally students have the opportunity to study both the Middle East and Russia.

Year 10 & 11

Geography is about understanding the world in which we live. Asking, investigating and answering questions is crucial to geographical understanding and this is integral to study at Key Stage 4. We will investigate units on both the human and natural environment , as well as conducting fieldwork and making sustainable decisions.

In Geography lessons we use a wide range of resources, including the internet, computer databases, ArcGIS, photographs, satellite images, maps and news articles. We also use a wide range of learning activities to engage students.

We follow the AQA specification in which their are three units:

    • Unit 1 - Living with the physical environment
    • Unit 2 - Challenges in the human environment
    • Unit 3 - Geographical applications (fieldwork skills and issue evaluation)

Units 1 to 3 are assessed by external exams whereas unit 4 is assessed through a fieldwork based controlled assessment task.

More information can be found on the AQA Website

Year 12 & 13

A Level Geography offers a natural progression from GCSE.

This engaging and flexible course gives students the opportunity to:

  • engage with the relationship of human populations to each other over space and time
  • study the relationship between human populations with their physical environment at a variety of scales from the local to the global
  • consider their own role in relation to themes and issues being studied and the roles, values and attitudes of others including decision makers
  • develop fieldwork skills and complete an independent investigation of their choosing worth 20% of the final grade.

The specification follows an issues and impacts approach to contemporary Geography that is suitable for all students.

More information can be found on the AQA Website

If you have any questions regarding Geography at the Wellington Academy, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Matthew Baker (Head of Geography) - matthewbaker@thewellingtonacademy.org.uk.


Geography Wall World Map


Cheddar Gorge, Somerset


Weather Systems, Lightning


Satellite Image of a Storm Developing