Geography at NOA aims to develop a sense of awe and wonder about the natural and physical world that surrounds us. Students will understand the processes that have created features and how these features will evolve and change over time, due to natural and human actions. It is important to value and appreciate different perspectives on places and how places and people are becoming increasingly interdependent in our ‘shrinking world’. Students develop skills of enquiry and investigation and be able to critique sources of evidence, both fieldwork and secondary data sources. The theme of sustainable development runs throughout all learning in Geography, as students need to be able to understand and reach judgements on how places and resources are being managed and how they could be managed sustainably in the future.  Geography at NOA aims to prepare students so they will be able to face and tackle the challenges that are and will continue to face societies, countries and the global community as we move through the 21st century.

Year 7

In Year 7 students are taught Geography for a term three times each year and the groups rotate with History. They have two lessons each week.Students study the local area and develop their map skills. They then learn about population and migration on the second rotation. In the summer term students learn about global warming and its effect on global ecosystems.Some students are taught Humanities as part of an integrated curriculum called Enquiring Minds. Please refer to their webpage for further details.

Year 8

In Year 8 the groups rotate with History and Religious Education (R.E.) and study Geography for two terms. They have two lessons per week.Year 8 students study both the human and physical geographical themes of globalisation and coasts. 

Year 9

In Year 9 students prepare for GCSE with a foundation year learning fieldwork skills and widening their knowledge and understanding of people and places through geography in the news and case studies.

Exam Board AQA B
Qualification GCSE
Coursework 25%
Examination 75%
Possible Pathway from this Course A Level


Extra Curricular

Geography runs an after school catch-up club and homework support for all key stages. This is held on Wednesday in F11.There is also a ‘Get your Grade’ lesson during PEP each week which students are selected to attend.At Key Stage 4 students visit Oxford to collect data for their coursework. There are other opportunities throughout the year for learning outside the classroom in Geography.

Ms. Louisa Wilkinson Learning Leader for Geography

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