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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 that 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 IT. 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 school's CARE brand, weaving in aspects of courtesy, achievement, respect and empathy throughout our schemes of work to mature students into well-rounded, cultural citizens.


Five Year Plan


Key Stage Four

GCSE Geography
Exam board AQA Course code 8035
Examined by

3 exam papers:

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment (1 hour 30 minutes)

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment (1 hour 30 minutes)

Paper 3: Geographical Applications (1 hour 15 minutes)

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 the economic world (global economy)
  • The challenge of resources management   (food, energy and water security)
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork
Paper 1:  Living with the Physical Environment

Challenge of Natural Hazards

  • Plate Tectonics
  • Weather Hazards
  • Climate Change

The Living World

  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical Rainforest
  • Hot Deserts

UK Landscapes

  • Coastal Landscapes
  • River Landscapes
Paper 2: Challenges with the Human Environment

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
Paper 3: Geographical Applications 

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 Year 10 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.