St Michael's
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Geography is a subject that teaches students about the world we all live in. It teaches students about events in both the natural and human worlds and how these two worlds are interlinked. It has an important role to play in developing an understanding of key global issues and helping students understand that there are a variety of perspectives from which these issues can be viewed. Geography, therefore, has important links to citizenship – we are all global citizens, with responsibilities to the planet and to each other.

 ‘Employers rarely need narrow specialists. They need bright, committed, inquisitive and determined individuals with the ability to draw on what is happening elsewhere in the world. Geographers are stars in this respect!’

Professor David Rhind - Chief Executive, Ordnance Survey

What skills will pupils develop?

Pupils will build on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the classroom and in the field. Interpret Ordnance Survey maps in the classroom and the field, including using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping and aerial and satellite photographs. Use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data. Use fieldwork in contrasting locations to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data, using multiple sources of increasingly complex information.

What will help pupils to learn?

  • All pupils must be correctly equipped for all lessons
  • Pupils must complete all homework tasks and ensure they are handed in on time
  • All pupils must be ready to learn, be respectful to all people and engage in independent research

KS3 Course Structure

We study a wide range of topics during Year 7 & 8 which introduce pupils to key themes linked to GCSE Geography. Within these key topics, we study important physical and human geography themes such as development & trade; population and settlement, rivers, coasts, ecosystems, weather & climate and sustainability. We also develop the student’s geographical skills.

Year 7 programme of study - Begins with the ‘Pirates of St Michael’s’ where we study key geographical skills. This then leads onto urban issues, tropical rainforests, hot deserts, hazards, world issues of food, energy & recycling and coasts

Year 8 programme of study – We broaden the student’s knowledge of more complex issues by studying population, weather, climate and climate change, the development gap and UK economy and finally rivers and flooding.

In Year 9 all pupils begin studying elements of the AQA Geography GCSE course in preparation for Year 10 & 11. Topics include earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms, tropical rainforests & hot deserts and urban areas. Pupils who opt for GCSE geography will then continue with this course.


KS3 Assessment

Pupils are tested 3 times per year in the form of GCSE style exam papers which are marked by class teachers. Pupils will also sit an end of year mock examination.

KS4 Course Structure

AQA Geography GCSE

 Unit 1 – Living With the Physical Environment (35%)

Unit 2 – Challenge in the Human Environment (35%)

Unit 3 – Geographical Applications (30%)

 Physical Fieldwork – Investigating river processes at Cardingmill Valley, Shropshire

Human Fieldwork – Investigation of redevelopment in Birmingham

KS4 Assessment

Pupils are tested 3 times per year in the form of GCSE style exam papers which are marked by class teachers. Pupils will also sit an end of year mock examination.


Mrs L Careless - Head of Geography

Mr A Carriere - Head of Year 9

Mr J Graham - Head of Year 8

Miss C Gardner - Head of Year 11

Mr A Clarke

Opportunities out of lessons

We value the importance of fieldwork and take as many opportunities as possible to take the students out of the classroom to explore different environments. In Year 7 pupils complete an investigation into traffic in urban areas, in Year 8 pupils investigate river processes with a visit to Sherbrook Valley, Cannock Chase and in Year 9 pupils visit the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham.

Career Pathways in this subject

So what can I use geography for?

Did you know there are more Accountants who have geography degrees than maths degrees? 

Geographers offer a wide range of skills that employers need and want especially in the employment market at the moment. Whether you choose to go to work or go onto further study, geographers are in great demand. 

Here are just some of the careers:

  1. Agriculture and Forestry
  2. Teaching
  3. Surveying & Architecture
  4. Civil Service                                                              
  5. Leisure and Tourism              
  6. Planning
  7. Local Government                                                  
  8. Civil Aviation
  9. Selling and Marketing                                                          
  10. Transport and Communications