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There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.

Sir Rannulph Fiennes, “the world’s greatest living explorer”


Geography at Upper Batley High School is a carefully designed course which promotes and fosters enthusiasm in learners for learning about the world in the 21st Century. The world is constantly changing and our curriculum reflects this dynamic and changing world, investigating topical issues, changing countries and potential futures. There is an emphasis on encouraging learners to develop an independent curiosity about their world and its interactions.

Outline of Course Content

GCSE Geography offers a more in depth study of key geographical subjects such as earthquakes, volcanoes, rivers, coasts, populations, global warming and urban growth. Geography is not all classroom based as learners have the opportunity to take part in geography fieldwork away from the classroom at GCSE level.

Course Breakdown

The new GCSE course follows the AQA specification and consists of three topics:

Component 1: Living with the Physical Environment (35%) Written examination

  • Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
  • Section B: The living world
  • Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

Component 2: Human Environment (35%) Written examination

  • Section A: Urban issues and challenges
  • Section B: The changing economic world
  • Section C: The challenge of resource management 

Component 3: Geographical Applications (30%)

  • Section A: Issues Evaluation (using pre released material on a certain topic previously covered)
  • Section B: Fieldwork 

Extracurricular and Enrichment Opportunities

Fieldtrips are designed to enable learners to experience at first hand the natural environment which surrounds us. We are privileged to live in a country that is geographically diverse in both its physical and human characteristics and have exciting Geography on our doorstep. We shall certainly be making the most of these opportunities and allowing learners to broaden their knowledge base. Year 11 recently went to Bridlington on the east coast, to experience the amazing scenery on offer and visit local tourist attractions, and to see some of the coastal features taught in the classroom up close. .