Geography is a vibrant and popular subject at St Edward’s. Our lessons focus on current world issues and integrate videos, computers and the Internet to present information in a wide variety of ways. Field work also provides a way of bringing the subject to life. In a typical academic year pupils will not only use the school grounds and the local area for their studies but also get the chance to visit Bristol Harbourside. Trips further afield have included Iceland and Italy.

Topics covered are:

  • Year 7: Atlas and Mapskills. Use of graphs and general fieldskills. Coastal Processes, Climate Change and theme based Environmental Studies.
  • Year 8: Weather and Climate. World Ecosystems. Tropical Rainforests, Deserts, Savanna.
  • Year 9: Natural Hazards. Volcanoes and Earthquakes. River Processes. Case Study of a megacity: Mumbai. 


The Geography specification looks at the changing world as it happens and enables pupils to develop observation and enquiry skills that give an understanding of different places.  Much emphasis is placed upon the decision-making processes and the resultant consequences upon the whole environment.  It is the process and distribution of various human activities and physical phenomena that give Geography its distinctive character.  

Geographical Information systems (GIS) are now playing a significant role in our daily lives, from broadcast journalism to academics.  Its use along with geographical skills has formed an integral part of the new AQA specification and will enable pupils to study Geography in a 21st Century context.   

Paper 1 (35%) Living with the physical environment:

Section A- The Challenge of natural hazards. 
Section B- Physical landscapes in the UK.
Section C- The living world.

Paper 2 (35%) Challenges in the human environment:

Section A- Urban Issues and challenges.
Section B- The changing economic world
Section C- The challenge of resource management and energy

Paper 3 (30%) Geographical applications:

Section A- Issue Evaluation, pre-release materials will be studied before the exam.
Section B- Fieldwork, pupils will participate in a one day field trip where they will undertake two geographical enquiries which are examined at the end of year 11.