Geography is about understanding the world we live in. Geography is the study of the relationships between the Earth's landscapes, people, places and environments. It helps us to understand and explain the complex world we live in.

 At Townley we aim to inspire in our pupils a curiosity about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Geography has an important role in the understanding of current local, national and global issues, such as climate change and world trade and is increasingly recognised by governments and businesses as an important enabling subject. It must be remembered that the specific skills and expertise gained by Geographers make them highly prized by employers.

Staff and Resources


The Department consists of five well qualified Geographers.  We teach in three dedicated classrooms fully equipped with interactive whiteboards.  The department also has 30 surface tablets with internet connection available to enhance their learning experience. Modern technology is used to help illustrate ideas and examples.  Teaching takes place within the classroom and outside as a variety of field trips are experienced at all key stages.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7-9 Geography


We offer a broad and balanced Geography curriculum to extend their locational knowledge and understanding of the physical and human environment and to enhance their Geographical skills.


Course content:

Year 7:

  • Map Skills
  • Local area
  • Weather
  • Settlement
  • Field work Shoreham village


Year 8:

  • World Biomes
  • Cold Deserts
  • Deserts
  • Rainforests
  • Development
  • Zoolab experience day


Year 9:

  • Plate Tectonics
  • China
  • National Parks
  • Field work Boxhill

Key Stage 4 - GCSE Geography


At KS4 pupils follow the Edexcel GCSE Geography B specification.  Students of our Edexcel GCSE Geography B specification will focus on the ways geographical studies apply to their lives and to the real world, including physical and human geography and the relationships between people and environments.


 Assessment Structure:


This GCSE comprises of three components, all will be externally assessed at the end of this linear 2 year course.


Component 1: Global Geographical Issues, 37.5% of the award. This component will investigate physical and human processes that influence our changing world.  Students will study earthquake and volcanic activity, development dilemmas and the challenges of an urbanising world.


Component 2: UK Geographical Issues, 37.5% of the award. This component will explore the UK’s evolving physical and human landscapes. Students will take part in fieldwork opportunities to support this component.


Component 3: People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions, 25% of the award. Students will investigate our biosphere and resource consumption to develop an awareness and solutions to create a more sustainable world.


 Why choose Geography?


Why Choose G V2





Key Stage 5 - A Level Geography

Why Study Geography at A Level?




 The AS course comprises 2 Units of Study.  At the end of the year students will sit two exams.

Unit 1:  Global Challenges


This unit covers two topics which equate to 60% of the overall mark.

  • World at Risk
  • Going Global

1 hr 30 Exam

Section A:  Objective items, data response and short answer questions.

Section B:   Choice of Going global or World at Risk longer guided essay questions.


Unit 2:  Geographical Investigations


This unit covers two topics which equate to 40% of the overall mark.

  • Extreme Weather
  • Rebranding

1 hr 15 Exam

Questions on both topics covered will require longer responses, each with three parts, designed to include data response, investigation and evaluation skills.


 AS Overview


A2:  Geography Overview


Unit 3: Contested Planet


Unit 3 covers six topics which equate to 60% of the overall mark.

  • Energy Security
  • Water conflicts
  • Biodiversity
  • Superpowers
  • Development Gap
  • Technological Fix

2hr 30 Exam including a pre-released synoptic (4 weeks in advance).

Part 1 will cover 5 of the 6 topics.

Part 2 will cover 6th topic in a synoptic context.


Unit 4: Geographical Research


This unit covers 40% of the overall mark.

  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Cold Environments
  • Food Supply
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Pollution
  • Rural Landscapes

1hr 30 Exam including a pre-released "research focus"  (4 weeks in advance). You will be asked to answer one questions on a chosen option.


 A2 Overview





The Geography department offer a range of trips annually, to support students in learning Geography outside of the classroom and in the field. These include local fieldwork at Key Stage 3 to Shoreham village along the River Darent and Box Hill.

Year 7 Fieldvisit to Shoreham

Year 8 Zoolab cross curricular links with Science following work on world biomes.

Year 9 Fieldvisit to Boxhill




To collect GCSE controlled assessment data, an annual visit to Greenwich peninsula.

Iceland visit Year 10 and Year 11.


AS Level:


A 5 day residential fieldtrip to the Lake District.


How to help your child in Geography


  • Encourage them to read newspapers, news websites and watch TV news to follow global events and develop up to date case studies.

  •  Ask him/her to explain theories/issues and examples to you and ask questions to encourage deeper knowledge and understanding.
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