Year 7

Students will start by learning about the human and physical geography of the UK and have the opportunity to go on an educational visit to Cheddar to support their studies. They will also study key aspects of weather and learn to measure and predict this effectively using a variety of techniques. Students will also explore Europe and learn about different places and cultures within our own continent. Having secured a firm foundation of knowledge of places nearer to home, students will study the continent of Asia with a specific focus on China.

Year 8

Students start the year by studying 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 will go onto consider how the global industry has both positive and negative impacts on people. In physical geography, there will be a focus on the Jurassic Coast through which students will learn about key coastal processes and the impact of human intervention.

Year 9

Students will investigate a range of topics including crime, disease, conflict and natural hazards. 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.

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) -

Geography Wall World Map

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Weather Systems, Lightning

Satellite Image of a Storm Developing