Our Vision:

The Geography department is committed to ensuring that all students develop critical thinking skills through the study of relevant and contemporary geographical issues. Geography is a dynamic and relevant subject for all young people:

‘Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.’

The Importance of Geography, National Curriculum 2007 KS3 Programme of Study. © QCDA

Studying Geography means taking time to consider the importance of the ‘Big Questions’. Typically this means dealing with a wide range of issues that are current and relevant to 21st century life. These include controversial issues like immigration and the refugee crisis, through to how countries deal with natural hazards, and how the world will cope with resource depletion and environmental degradation. We aim to instil in the students a sense of curiosity, questioning and interest in the world around them. Geography occupies a unique place within the curriculum as it acts as a bridge between Science-based and Arts-based disciplines. This helps the students to draw upon diverse skills and connect together different areas of knowledge in seeking an understanding to the world’s big questions.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is focused on providing the students with the knowledge, understanding and skills that the students will need to be successful at Key Stage 4. The Year 7 curriculum provides the students with the key skills for successful geographical study and focuses on interpreting images, map skills and developing more extensive writing using geographical language and presenting and analysing data. In Year 8, students explore weather and climate, tectonics and natural hazards and study in depth the diverse and fascinating continent of Africa.

At GCSE the students follow the AQA specification; during the three year programme students will have the opportunity to experience two contrasting fieldwork experiences and build on their knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 3. Geography is a popular Key Stage 4 subject at Erdington Academy; typically, 90 students will opt to study Geography at GCSE.


There are hundreds of career opportunities that link with the study of Geography. For example: town and transport planning, chartered surveying, land and water management, sustainability, environmental consultancy, development, tourism, conservation, demography, housing and social welfare. However, and more importantly, GCSE Geography is an academic and high-calibre subject which will help students successfully progress to Further and/or Higher Education.

Geography Map of Learning 2017 – 2018



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Exam dates 2018 8035/1 Paper 1: Living with the physical environment (new) 1h 30m 22 May 2018 pm

8035/2 Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment (new) 1h 30m 05 June 2018 pm

8035/3 Paper 3: Geographical applications (new) 1h 15m 11 June 2018 pm

AQA WEBLINK http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

AQA | Geography | GCSE | Geography


This exciting course is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach .

Specimen Papers http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035/assessment-resources

AQA | GCSE | Geography | Assessment resources


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