Geography KS3 Programme of Study

At Buckler’s Mead Academy, the students look at a range of topics that cover all the key aspects of the curriculum which in turn will help prepare them if they choose this subject at GCSE. The main aim of the department is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn about the world beyond their own town and country. We do our best to meet the needs of all pupils, using a range of strategies to ensure that every student achieves their potential. Within the department we have 4 specialist teachers and we all use a variety of teaching methods, including whole class discussions, group work, fieldwork and the use of ICT within our lessons.

Year 7 (4 lessons a fortnight)

  • The World and Me- map skills.
  • Exploring Settlement- why people live in different places around the world.
  • Crumbling Cliffs- coastal processes, landforms and management.
  • Climate Change- looking at the causes, effect and solutions to Global Warming.
  • Risky World-earthquakes and volcanoes, the management of these hazards.

Year 8 (3 lessons a fortnight)

  • Rivers- processes, landforms and how people use them.
  • Flooding- where floods happen in the UK and around the world and how they can be managed.
  • Population- where do people live and why do people live in certain areas.
  • Who wants to be a billionaire?- Development of countries, why are there rich and poor places.
  • Tourism- locations in the UK and abroad as well as the impacts it has on the environment.
  • India- physical and human features of the country.

Year 9, 10, 11 GCSE (5 lessons a fortnight)


We will be starting to study the new AQA specification .Content is based on real life case studies to enable students of all abilities to learn and develop. At the end of Year 11 they will sit 3 exams:

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment

The themes include Natural Hazards, Rivers, Coasts, Tectonics, Climate Change, Ecosystems such as Rainforests and Deserts. This is worth 35% of the overall GCSE grade.

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment

The themes we focus on are Population, Settlement, Development and Resource Management.  This is worth 35% of the overall GSCE grade.

Paper 3: Geographical Applications

In this section there are three parts assessed:

1.Issue Evaluation: This has a problem solving element within it. The topic will be decided by the exam board in Year 11.

2.Fieldwork: Students need to undertake two fieldwork trips. The two trips must be carried out in contrasting environments and primary data must be collected.

3.Geographical Skills– this part is where students will be assessed on a range of geographical skills, including cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical skills.

This paper will be worth 30% of the overall GCSE grade.


Fieldtrips and visiting speakers include:

  • Visiting a local sustainable farm- Magdalen Project
  • Bristol Zoo- looking at the different ecosystems found in Kenya
  • Living Rainforests
  • Visit a local river and look at the processes that occur within it and the impacts flooding has on the local community
  • Visits to local places such as Cheddar, Glastonbury, Lyme Regis looking at the impacts of tourism
  • Joint trip with History to Cadbury Castle​