Senior Geography

At Trinity History and Geography are taught as discrete subjects but they are run as a faculty. They are taught in two specialist classrooms by specialist teachers but as a faculty we are able to share resources, ideas and best practice.

“Geography illuminates the past, explains the present and prepares us for the future - what could be more important than that?” - Michael Palin, President of the Royal Geographical Society

 Pupils in Iceland

Department Overview

Geography is an exciting and thriving subject at Trinity School, and is one of the most popular option subjects at GCSE level. The Geography department is made up of three specialist Geographers: Mr Acher, Mr Campbell-Thomas and Mr Whittles. We are extremely passionate about Geography and aim to inspire students to make sense of the world around them. Our aim is to make learning hands-on, relevant and fun. The curriculum covers a wide mix of topics including hazards, urban issues, world development, extreme environments and rivers to name but a few. In these topics we tackle the big issues like environmental responsibility, our global interdependence and cultural understanding and tolerance that help us to make sense of our changing world in which we live... a world that is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. There has never been a more important time to study Geography.


Geography at KS3

In KS3 students explore the issues affecting our planet, both at a local and a global scale. They cover a variety of topics and investigate big questions like “what causes bad weather?”, “why is Africa so poor?” and “what makes Japan such a dangerous place?” Lessons focus on developing the skills required to be a successful Geographer and regular field trips are made to reinforce the learning made in the classroom.


Geography at GCSE

At GCSE we follow the AQA Geography course. This covers a wide variety of physical and human topics and includes a local fieldwork investigation worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.

Unit 1: Physical Geography (37.5%)

Section A: The Restless Earth

Rocks, Resources and Scenery

Challenge of Weather and Climate

Living World

Section B: Water on the Land

Ice on the Land

The Coastal Zone

(1 ½ hour examination paper)

Unit 2: Human Geography (37.5%)

Section A:   Population Change

Changing Urban Environments

Changing Rural Environments

Section B: The Development Gap



(1 ½ hour examination paper)

Unit 3: Local Fieldwork Investigation (25%)

Controlled Assessment – maximum 2,000 words – 6 hour write-up under direct supervision.

Task selected by the Centre from a choice of 11 provided by AQA.

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Geography at A-level

Qualification Title: AQA - Geography




Qualification structure and course content:

Unit 1 – GEOG1

Physical and Human Geography

  • 70% of AS, 35% of A Level

  • 2 hour written examination


Students study 4 topics in this module

  • Rivers – dynamics, management and challenges

  • Coasts - dynamics, management and challenges

  • Population – a global issue but with what solution?

  • Energy Resources - in a world where oil and gas are king, is the future green and sustainable, explore the controversial and developing world of energy; types to trade, environmental and socio economic disasters to a sustainable future.


Unit 2 – GEOG2

Geographical Skills

  • 30% of AS, 15% of A Level

  • 1 hour written examination

  • Structured skills and generic fieldwork questions


This is a skills paper which tests key technical Geography skills as well as assessing fieldwork that we have carried out. We base our field work in two erosive and controversial areas: the Teignmouth to Dawlish Warren coastline and then Slapton Sands, a 3.5km beach sandwiched between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge.  Both these areas allow us to get hands on experience studying the coast.


Unit 3 – GEOG3

Contemporary Geographical Issues

  • 30% of A Level

  • 2 hour 30 minutes written examination

  • Structured short and extended questions, plus an essay

In the A2 year the students explore 3 key topics

  • Plate tectonics and Associated Hazards

  • Weather and Climate and Associated Hazards

  • World Cities – urbanisation, decline and sustainability


Unit 4 –GEO4A Geography Fieldwork Investigation

  • 20% of A Level

  • 1 hour 30 minutes written examination

  • GEO4A – structured short and extended questions based on candidates’ fieldwork

  • Investigation and fieldwork skills.


This builds on the Fieldwork module from the AS course – extending the study and exploring more about the technical aspects of fieldwork investigations. There will be opportunities to escape the classroom and explore our wonderful geographical surroundings.


Extra-Curricular Activities

The Geography department believes that the subject should be taught through direct experience of the real world as well as classroom instruction. Recent field trips have explored the fantastic resources on our doorstep, with visits to our fantastic beaches, rivers and moors, and in October 2013 a group of 25 Geography students went to Iceland on an action packed tour of the land of fire and ice.

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