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HumanitiesGeography as a subject will have a huge impact on students whether or not they choose it as an exam course. It is a subject that links together so many aspects of their day to day experiences and helps them to understand some of the potential difficulties we face in the future. We use contemporary examples - anything over twenty years old is considered to be history and a wide range of learning activities are used including mysteries, investigations, presentations, groupwork to mention just a few. We value greatly work that takes place outdoors and aim to take each key stage out collecting data 'for real'.


We are located on the ground floor in C Block and have a suite of four rooms.


Key Stage 3

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  • Year 7

    In Year 7 students will learn about the weather in different parts of the UK alongside extreme weather events such as tornadoes. Students will extend their locational knowledge of the world's countries through the geography of sport topic. Students will have the opportunity to explore how the coastline changes. The settlements topic will also aim to increase their knowledge of countries and major cities around the world. Traditional map skills are developed throughout the year, including the introduction of GIS.

  • Year 8

    In Year 8 students will develop their understanding and knowledge of the human and physical world around them. They will learn about global population growth and the impact that this has on society; alongside this they will explore the impacts that globalisation has had on trade, exploitation and changes to MEDC and LEDC's. The physical topics studied are about the ice age and rivers. The ice age topic will allow students to understand how our landscape has been shaped by glaciers, the adaptations needed by mammals to survive in extreme conditions and how humans can survive these conditions. The year will end with the rivers topic where students will go a field trip to Burbage to undertake a river investigation.

  • Year 9

    In Year 9 students will learn about how human activity relies on the effective functioning of natural systems and the impacts when such systems are exploited. Students will develop their problem solving skills by creating ways to overcome impacts such as desertification in Tanzania and deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Students will also study tectonics. They will learn about the structure of the earth and the impact that this has on humans. Students will explore the causes and effects of natural events such as volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquakes and tsunamis.


Key Stage 4

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  • Year 10

    In Year 10 students will study the topics of urbanisation, tourism and population change. Students will gain an understanding of how human activity is changing the world and presenting major global challenges. Central to the all the topics which are studied is the theme that humans are irreversibly changing the planet, as rapid population growth creates pollution and consumes increasing amount of resources, forcing society to come up with innovative solutions to avoid catastrophe. Students will learn to evaluate how effective the solutions which are posed to these global challenges are.

  • Year 11

    In Year 11 students will gain an understanding of how water and ice have sculpted the surface of our planet to create unique landforms, which are constantly changing. They will also learn how the heat trapped in the earth's core creates a dynamic planet, where tectonic plates are constantly on the move, creating both threats and opportunities. Students will gain an understanding of how engineers and scientists monitor and respond to our ever changing world. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on students gaining key skills, notably the ability to interpret statistical data to produce robust conclusions.


Key Stage 5

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  • Year 12

    Students will be taught from the AQA specification. The course is designed around core geographical concepts and is split into physical and human geography, alongside a separate geographical skills unit. The physical topics studied are Rivers and Coasts, these two topics explore the central role of water in landscape development and its management. The human topics studied are Population Change and Energy Issues, where students are given the opportunity to visit a nuclear power plant. The geographical skills unit is based on a fieldtrip investigation. This is built into the As course through an optional trip to Cumbria, where students have the opportunity to complete a study of the river Eea.

  • Year 13

    In Year 13 students continue with the AQA specification and build on skills gained in Year 12. Students will be taught two units of physical and two units of human geography. The focus of these topics is on contemporary geographical issues, with an emphasis on the challenges facing the world in the 21st century and the role humans can play in managing problems. Human geography topics are 'Globalisation and Development' and 'World Cities', while physical geography units are 'Plate Tectonics' and 'Ecosystems'. The exam for this unit includes an essay question on the topic of their choice, allowing students to specialise in areas of the course which are of particular interest to them. Students will also be examined on an 'Issues Evaluation'. This exam revolves around a pack of pre-released information about a geographical issue, which students analyse in class. The specific content varies each year, but the emphasis is on building skills and making informed decisions about real life issues.


Extra curricular activities

An integral part of the subject.

  • Key Stage 3: Hathersage trip
  • Key Stage 4: Bakewell, studying the effects of Tourism
  • Key Stage 5: Castlehead, Lake District skills development visit


Teaching staff

  • Haveron, Simon
  • Horrocks, Francesca
  • James, Andy (Head of Humanities)
  • Sanderson, David
  • Thompson, Rose


Websites to help students learn about Geography


Subjects covered by Humanities

Humanities collectively includes many subject areas. Please follow the links below to find out more about each subject.