goosenecksThe aim of the Geography department at The Roseland is to ignite the curiosity of students to want to discover the wonders of our world and to make informed choices as global citizens.

Students will study geographical features and issues using examples from the local area to the other side of the planet. The subject material covered will involve famous geographical events and whenever appropriate lessons will be adapted to incorporate current world events. Whilst studying the different topics, students will develop lifelong skills fit for the 21st Century.

7 Introduction to Geography, Map Skills, Local to Global Population, Weather and Climate.
8 Rivers, Development Ecosystems, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Soccer and Fashion.
9 Tourism, Tectonic Activity, Individual Project, Topical Geography, Challenging Environments, Japan and Egypt.

The department uses an inclusive variety of teaching styles and all modules are fully differentiated.  Geography is taught in two purpose-built fully networked classrooms.  The department has bought software packages to supplement the new facilities and has included much ICT in schemes of work. Geography is best delivered beyond the confines of the classroom. A range of fieldwork activities exists, from using the college grounds and The Eden Project at Key Stage 3 and the coast at Key Stage 4. This has resulted in Geography being a popular option at GCSE.

Students work is regularly assessed during each unit and formal assessments take place approximately every six weeks. Students are given every opportunity to reach their full potential. Results have been above the county and national average.


GCSE Geography (AQA)

This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them. This course allows a variety of learning approaches to be used.

Aims and Objectives

Students will travel the world from the classroom, exploring:  case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs);  topics such as climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use;  their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes;  a range of skills including those used in fieldwork, in using maps and GIS and in researching secondary evidence, including digital sources;  contemporary issues and develop well-evidenced arguments drawing on their geographical knowledge and understanding.

Students will develop their competence in applying sound enquiry and investigative approaches to questions and hypotheses by carrying out two days of fieldwork.

Topics Covered

Living with the Physical Environment

Challenge of Natural Hazards

Physical Landscapes in the UK

Living World

Challenges in the Human Environment

Urban Issues and Challenges

Changing Economic World

Resource Management

Geographical Applications

Issue Evaluation (from pre-release)

Fieldwork (human and physical interaction)

Assessment of the Course

There will be 3 exams at the end of the course. Paper 1 will be Living with the Physical Environment and will last 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 35%. Paper 2 will be Challenges in the Human Environment and again will last 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 35%. Paper 3 will be Geographical Applications and is slightly shorter at 1 hour 15 minutes and is worth 30%.


This GCSE will provide learners with a solid grounding, whether they are going on to Further Education or the workplace. The qualification aims to inspire a passion for geography which encourages an interest in the subject beyond academic achievements, for the rest of their life.


  • Mr P Harris, Teacher of Geography, Humanities Teaching Team Leader
  • Mr G Pankhurst, Teacher of Geography
  • Mr C Challis, Headteacher, Teacher of Geography
  • Mrs R Penrose, Teacher of Geography & Catering, Learning Leader for Lower School.