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At Hodge Hill College the curriculum is designed to identify prior learning and provide a rich enough curriculum to develop students into resilient, creative, and critical thinkers.

Geography is a subject which aims to contribute towards a balanced education, and at Hodge Hill College it is our intention to facilitate the use of multiple skills from other subjects, including numeracy, literacy, use of computers. The utilisation of these skills within our subject contribute towards students leaving our school with the skills to think deeply enough to make connections between place and scale, and applying this to contemporary, wider world issues. 

Our curriculum is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills including soft skills. In addition to this, map reading at both national and international scales, as well as key numeracy and literacy skills. This alongside a broad, balanced and logically sequenced curriculum at KS3 focusing on a mixture of contemporary and traditional geographical themes that nourish curiosity and promotes academic development, which is made available to all.

We encompass SMSC and British Values through supporting our schools CARE brand, weaving in aspects of courtesy, achievement, respect and empathy throughout our schemes of work to mature students into well-rounded, cultural citizens.


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Year 7

HT1: Sustainable Development Goals
HT2: Natural Hazards
HT3: Biomes
HT4: Fantastic Places
HT5: How biodiverse is Hodge Hill College?
HT6: Asia


Year 8

HT1: Conflict
HT2: Weather and Climate
HT3: South America
HT4: Africa
HT5: Globalisation of Food
HT6: First World Problems



Year 9

HT1: Cities
HT2: Tectonic Hazards
HT3: The Challenge of Resource Management
HT4: UK Coastal Landscapes
HT5: Global Economic Development
HT6: Revision of Y9 topics and cumulative assessment

 Students experience a staggered assessment with them being assessed on the topic from the previous half term; i.e. in Y8 HT2 their assessment will be on Conflict, and in HT3 their assessment would be weather and climate. To facilitate this embedding of knowledge, they are given a knowledge card for each topic to revise and have a revision lesson. Grades are made up from an extended assessment (worth 65%) and a knowledge check (worth 35%).


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GCSE Geography at Hodge Hill College uses the AQA exam board. Topics that have distinct crossed links with the national curriculum are taught towards the end of Year 9 with the rest being taught in Y10 and Y11, leaving plenty of time for revision. The exam is made up of three papers, which range from 1-9 mark questions, with many marks available from skills based around maps, graphs and number. Assessments follow the same model as KS3, but with more frequent longer, cumulative, mock exams.

GCSE Geography  

Exam board


Course code


Examined by

3 Exam papers: Living with the physical environment, Challenges in the human environment and Geographical applications.

Key topics taught

Natural hazards and climate change

The living world (rainforests and deserts)

Physical landscapes of the UK (rivers and coasts)

Urban issues and challenges (Birmingham and Brazil)

Changing economic world (global economy)

The challenge of resources management   (food, energy and water security)

Geographical skills and fieldwork


Challenge of Natural Hazards

  • Plate Tectonics
  • Weather Hazards
  • Climate Change

The Living World

  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical Rainforest
  • Hot Deserts

UK Landscapes

  • Coastal Landscapes
  • River Landscapes



Urban Futures

  • Urbanisation
  • LIC/NEE city – Rio de Janeiro
  • HIC city – Birmingham
  • Sustainable Living

Changing Economic World

  • Global Economies
  • UK Economies
  • LIC/NEE country – Brazil

The Challenge of Resource Management

  • UK Food, Energy and Water
  • Global Food Insecurity
  • Improving Food Supply



Issue Evaluation

Students receive a booklet of information about an issue that links to one of the topics they have learned. They have 12 weeks to learn and understand the information, before answering an exam about it. They have a copy of the information in the exam with them.



At the end of Y10 students plan and carry out a river and urban study. They go through the process of writing up the investigation and complete the exam about fieldwork and skills associated.



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  • Revision club for year 10 and 11s.
  • Intervention club for ks3 for work catch up

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