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Geography is the world subject. It is up-to-date, relevant, exciting and adventurous. It provides an understanding of many big challenges facing the world and knowledge of complex physical and human interactions. Geography tackles issues that matter and evaluates and attempts to manage them.

At Ashlyns School you have the opportunity to develop your geographical skills through a broad, balanced curriculum. We offer a series of interlinked courses that build on National Curriculum requirements and provide the framework to naturally progress to GCSE and ultimately to AS- and A-level Geography.


Fieldwork is an integral part of geography and enhances skills and investigation techniques. As a school we encourage the development of fieldwork skills and opportunities to explore familiar and unfamiliar contexts. Our fieldtrips involve both local and international studies and have included; fieldwork within the school grounds; Barton on Sea, Bournemouth, Swanage, Barcelona and Iceland. For more details and updates please visit the Geography VLE area.

In addition to fieldwork, we regularly take groups on visits to develop their sense of enquiry of concepts such as; Y9 to the Natural History Museum and Y8 to Kew Gardens as part of Extended Learning Days. As members of the Royal Geographical Society and Geographical Association we also offer a programme of extra-curricular lectures for A Level students to enhance their geographical knowledge as well as opportunities to attend A Level Hazards Conferences and study days at the RGS.

Key Stage 3

Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn 1 Introduction
Risky World
Population Geography
Autumn 2 All about the UK Weather and Climate Cold Environments
Spring 1 Coasts Africa – continent of contrasts Interconnected World
Spring 2 Amazing Asia Rivers Urbanisation – Rio in-depth study
Summer 1 Beautiful Biomes Development Ecological Footprints and Futures
Summer 2 Beautiful Biomes / Geographical Skills Development / Fieldwork Skills / Enquiry Restless Earth

Key Stage 4

Exam Board:  AQA

Term Year 10 Year 11
Autumn 1 Tectonic Hazards review; The Development Gap Changing urban areas; Rivers
Autumn 2 Weather Hazards; Climate Change The changing UK economy; Ecosystems
Spring 1 The Urban World – newly emerging economy Rainforests; hot deserts; cold climates
Spring 2 Physical landscapes in the UK; Rivers Newly emerging economy:  Nigeria; Resource management; Energy management
Summer 1 The changing UK economy Geographical applications and skills; revision
Summer 2 Coastal Landscapes Geographical applications and skills; revision

Key Stage 5

Exam Board:  Edexcel

Term Year 12 Year 13
Autumn Tectonic Processes and Hazards; Globalisation The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity; Superpowers
Spring Landscapes, Systems, Processes and Change; Shaping Places The Carbon Cycle and Energy Insecurity; Global Development and Connections
Summer Coursework – independent investigation and write-up Revision and examinations