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KS3 Geography

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad and varied introduction to the discipline of Geography. A major focus within units is the development and application of students’ skills in order to prepare them for GCSE. Through Years 7, 8 and 9, students will focus on the following topics:

Year 7

The British Isles

This unit covers the features of the British Isles and aims to instil in students a basic understanding of the skills which underpin the discipline of Geography.

Rocks and weathering

In this unit students will explore the geological make-up of the British Isles and the reasons why our landscapes are always changing.

Human and physical geography of China

Students will study the contrasting landscapes of the beautiful country of China and investigate how China has changed since the days of the Cultural Revolution. This unit focuses heavily on Chinese society and how the country has transformed into an economic and industrial powerhouse.

Year 8

Extreme weather

Students will investigate a range of weather hazards in this unit, from tropical storms to tornadoes. They will analyse the processes and effects of various weather phenomena and whether climate change is making our weather more extreme.

River landscapes in the UK

This unit covers the water cycle and how rivers shape our landscapes. A big focus is placed on how rivers affect the human landscape and the engineering techniques used to control and harness their energy.

Population and migration

In this unit, students will investigate the important issue of migration and the effects it has on countries like the USA and the UK. A major focus is the push-pull factors which cause people to migrate.

Geography of Russia

Students will study the vast landscape of Russia and its role in the modern world. This unit investigate’s Russia’s influence over countries in Eastern Europe and the effectiveness of global bodies like the United Nations.

Year 9

Plate tectonics and hazards

Plate tectonics is the lifeblood of our planet and a constant reminder of its awesome strength. This unit covers the mechanics of plate tectonics and the resulting features and landforms in great detail and aims to highlight the effects these have on human society.


As a continent Africa has progressed greatly in the past decades. This unit teaches students about the ways Africa is becoming more and more relevant in our daily lives. A secondary – but no less important – aspect of the unit deals with the spectacularly beautiful landscapes of the African continent and their impacts on people’s daily lives.

Coastal landscapes in the UK

It is not an overstatement to say that Britain’s status as an island affords it some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. This unit teaches students about the features of our coastline and the processes behing their formation. This unit ties closely with the unit ‘River landscapes in the UK’ which students covered in Year 8 and is an important component of the GCSE course.

Rio de Janeiro: a city of contrasts

This unit aims to prepare students for GCSE and provide them with a case study on one of the most spectacular cities in the world: Rio de Janeiro. Students will explore the incredible wealth and investment which has made the city a global powerhouse and investigate the culture of crime and poverty it has tried to leave behind.