At West Hill we support a rounded curriculum both inside and outside the classroom that exploits the awe and wonder that children are naturally born with about the world they live in.  Our curriculum brings alive places most people may never visit, allows pupils to answer questions about our world they have always wondered about and cements understanding of the value of our ecosystems and species.  Pupils will leave West Hill with an understanding that their lives are connected to others and are both shaped by, and impact on the environments they inhabit.  West Hill geographers will be able to evaluate the most responsible choices for themselves and future generations.



Within the department we place great emphasis and importance on learning outside the classroom offering a varied curriculum. Below is a small snippet of the opportunities that we offer:

  • ICELAND – Following our amazing first ever field trip to Iceland in November 2018, we are gearing up for our 2021 trip; 48 boys and staff are attending.  
  • GCSE FIELDTRIP - March each year - As part of their preparation for their GCSE Geographical Skills Paper,  Year 10 boys embark on a 2 day fieldtrip to Kingswood Colomendy, Wales and Liverpool. They collect primary data comparing sections of the River Alyn and completed a pedestrian count in order to prove/disprove their hypotheses.



Curriculum Information - Geography

Subject Guides for Parents


The Geography GCSE qualification (AQA GCSE Geography 8035) studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes, investigating the links between them. Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Geography is an extremely wide discipline which ranges from climate change and disappearing rainforests one week to poverty and deprivation in the next, global shifts in economic power and the increasingly important challenge of sustainable resource use. Students who take GCSE Geography will gain a wide range of knowledge that is topical and relevant to the world around them.   This specification also encourages students to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. 
Studying Geography will enable students to acquire the skills of: understanding, reading and interpreting maps; interpreting photographs, including satellite images; drawing maps, diagrams, graphs and tables; collecting, analysing, presenting and interpreting raw data.

How will I be assessed?

Linear exams will consist of 3 differently weighted papers. Both Paper 1 and 2 are worth 35% of the overall grade, with Paper 3 worth the remaining 30%. 

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPGST))
  • 35% of GCSE
Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for SPGST)
  • 35% of GCSE
Paper 3: Geographical applications
  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPGST)
  • 30% of GCSE
  • Pre-release resources made available from March in the year of the exam

All pupils will sit the same exam. The qualification is graded on a nine-point scale: 1 to 9 (9 is the best grade).

What will I be studying at GCSE?

Subject content
Living with the physical environment (Paper 1)
  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • Physical landscapes in the UK
  • The living world
Challenges in the human environment (Paper 2)
  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management
Geographical applications (Paper 3)
  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork


Geography Residential

Part of the qualification requires students to take up the opportunity to attend a 2 day residential fieldtrip to Liverpool and Wales in preparation for their Geographical Applications Paper. This residential will give students the experience Human and Physical Geography in the field. In Liverpool we will study the transformation of Liverpool’s city centre through urban regeneration. In Wales students will collect primary river data to explore the difference between courses of a river and how human intervention can impact natural processes.


Where can I find more details?

From the AQA website—www (GCSE Geography 8035)

 A Parent’s Guide to GCSE Geography.


Future Careers in Geography

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