It is the aim of the Geography Department at Sedgehill School to engage students in the spirit of enquiry; to actively encourage them to ask questions about the world in which they live. We have redesigned our curriculum to incorporate and foster this sense of Geographical curiosity. Teaching takes place in a friendly and welcoming department where Assessment for Learning is a key part of our philosophy. Success criteria are shared with students within each lesson and students regularly assess their own work as well as offering constructive criticism for the work of their peers.


Year 7
Term One Term Two Term Three
Geog.Toolkit Coasts India
Africa UK Settlement
Year 8
Term One Term Two Term Three
Tectonics UK- Human Geography Resources  - Energy
Brazil Climate change Conflicts
Year 9
Term One Term Two Term Three
Development (excluding trade) Globalisation UK in the 21st Century
Extreme Weather Rivers & Floods Food security


Year 10
Aut 1: Theme 2 Aut 2: Theme 2 Spr 1: Theme 1
Rivers Climate and Climate Change Urbanisation
Coasts   Urban & Rural processes (UK)
Spr 2: Theme 1 Sum 1: Theme 1 Sum 2: Component 3
Development Fieldwork focus Ecosystems


Year 11
Aut 1: Theme 3 Aut 2: Theme 3 Aut 2: Component 2 Spr 1: Revision

Ecosystems under threat

Water Resources and management

Problem solving focus

Component 1
Component 2

Spr 2: Revision Sum 1: Revision    

Component 3
Problem Solving

All revision    

At KS4 students follow the Eduqas B syllabus

Assessment is as follows:
Geographical Themes paper which contributes to 50% of student’s final grade. Key themes studied are Rivers and Coasts, Population and Settlement, Economic Development and Natural Hazards.

Sustainable Decision Making Exam Paper (SDME). 25% Exam paper assessing students’ knowledge of sustainability alongside against one of the key themes.

Geographical Enquiry – Fieldwork enquiry of 2,000 words contributing to 25% of students final grades. (This is will be removed from the specification for 2018 entry and all assessment will be 100% exam based).


Currently using the WJEC specification:

AS (2 units)

G1 1 hour 30 minutes Written Paper 75 marks (100 UMS)

Unit title: Changing Physical Environments

Two Themes

  • Investigating climate change
  • Investigating tectonic and hydrological change

Three structured questions with stimulus material, one of which tests research/fieldwork.

G2 1 hour 30 minutes Written Paper 75 marks (100 UMS)

Unit Title: Changing Human Environments

Two Themes

  • Investigating population change
  • Investigating settlement change

Three structured questions with stimulus material, one of which tests research/fieldwork.

The G1 and G2 exams are sat in the May at the end of the year 12.

A LEVEL (the above plus a further 2 units) The G3 and G4 exams are sat in the June of year 13.

G3 2 hours 15 minutes Written Paper 75 marks (120 UMS)

Unit title: Contemporary Themes and Research in Geography

Section A – 1 hour 30 minutes

Two essays – one from each of the two contemporary themes. One theme selected from three physical options and one theme selected from three  human options. A choice from two questions for each theme.

  • Climatic Hazards
  • Development

Section B – 45 minutes

For each of 10 themes, there will be a topic area set by the Board in May (June series) of the preceding year. Candidates design and carry out a research enquiry based on their chosen theme and prescribed topic area. This will be assessed by a two-part question based on research enquiry and the findings of their research. This question will be given out after 1 hour 30 minutes when Section A is handed in.

G4 1 hour 45 minutes Written Paper 80 marks (80 UMS)

Unit title: Sustainability

Sustainable Food Supply
Sustainable Water Supply
Sustainable Energy
Sustainable Cities.