Geography at Sir Thomas Rich's

“Geography is not only up-to-date and relevant, it is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today. So many of the world's current problems boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them”.
--Michael Palin

Geography is an important subject that acts as a bridge between the Sciences and the Humanities and therefore can be combined appropriately with a wide range of other studies, from Physics and Mathematics to Languages, History and Business Studies. Students find the course develops their ability to express themselves effectively in writing and in basic statistics, and to design, carry out and present a project or investigation. These skills are relevant to a wide range of careers and courses of study.
Geography remains a popular higher education option for Sir Thomas Rich's students.


Key Stage 3 - Years 8 & 9

Teaching Arrangements: Year 7: 3 periods a week
Year 8: 3 periods a week
Year 9: 2 periods a week
Homework Guidance: 30 minutes per week.
Assessment Arrangements: Each order period includes a major assessment. These include classroom tests and extended project work. There is a 90 minute examination at the end of Year 7.
Topics Covered:
Year 7
  • Connections & Crickley Hill fieldwork
  • Map Skills
  • UK and Europe
  • Plate tectonics
  • Hydrology & River Churn fieldwork
  • Population and migration
Year 8
  • Africa
  • Superpowers China
  • Superpowers- USA
  • Urbanisation and settlement
  • Coasts
  • Waste
Year 9
  • Food supply
  • Development and Globalisation
  • Weather and Climate
  • Ecosystems

In KS3 the foundations of GCSE Geography are laid. This includes development of key skills listed below. In Year 9 we commence teaching the GCSE specification to pupils. This allows GCSE topics to be explored in greater depth than would otherwise be possible.

Teaching Arrangements: Year 10: 4 periods a week
Year 11: 4 Periods a week
Homework Guidance: Two 30 minutes homework’s per week
Assessment Arrangements: 3 papers at the end of Year 11.
Exam Specification: OCR Geography GCSE Topics Covered:
Year 10 & 11
  • Global Hazards
  • Changing Climate
  • Distinctive Landscapes
  • Sustaining Ecoststems
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical Skills
  • Urban Futures
  • Dynamic Development
  • UK in the 21st Century
  • Resource Reliance
  • Decision making exercise

GCSE Geography includes two fieldwork days. The first is in the local area and explores the Human Geography of Gloucester Docks and Quays. The second is a Physical Geography field day exploring the formation of the landforms on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.

Entry Requirements: A GCSE grade 6 in Geography is required to study this course
Teaching Arrangements: Year 12: 7 period per week
Year 13: 7 periods per week
Homework Guidance: Minimum requirement 4 hours per week
1 hour assignment per teacher plus additional reading each week
Assessment Arrangements: Three papers at the end of Year 13 on three components
Plus an Independent Investigation Non-Examined Assessment
Exam Specification: Edexcel A-level Geography Topics Covered:
Year 12
  • Glaciated landscapes
  • Changing places
  • Global governance – migration and oceans
  • Global systems – water
Year 13
  • Global systems – carbon
  • 21st Century challenges
  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Energy Challenges and Dilemmas
  • Development in an African context

For associated reading lists for Key Stage 5 are available on SharePoint.

University courses this subject may be required for or lead onto:
  • Archaeology and Palaeoecology and Geography
  • African Studies
  • Climate Change
  • Countryside Management
  • Development and Globalisation
  • Development Studies
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Environmental Earth Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Geoscience
  • Environmental Hazards and Disaster Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • GEOGRAPHY
  • Geography, Politics and international Relations
  • Geography, Urban Environments and Climate Change
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geology
  • Geoscience
  • Global Studies
  • Global Development and Sustainability
  • HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
  • Human Sciences
  • Human, Social and Political Science
  • Human Ecology
  • Human Geography and Tourism Development
  • Human Sciences
  • International Tourism Management
  • Marine Geography/Oceanography
  • Media, Culture and Identity
  • Outdoor leadership/education
  • PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
  • Planning
  • Population and Geography
  • Social Sciences
  • Surveying and Mapping Science
  • Rural Enterprise and Land Management
Careers that Geography may lead onto: Geography has possibly the most diverse future career options, from Environmental protection, planning, to developing Geographical Information System (GIS) software. Geography is recognised for its academic ‘robustness’ and, most importantly, it also helps young people into the world of work.
Aerial Photographer
Agricultural Extension SupervisorCartographerCensus GeographerClimate Change AnalystClimatologist Commercial/residential surveyorCommunity PlannerEcologistEmergency Management Specialist Environmental consultantEnvironmental Education OfficerEnvironmental Policy OfficerFlight AttendantGeographic Information Systems (GIS) SpecialistGeomatics Plan TechnicianGeomorphologist Geospatial analystGIS specialist Hazardous Waste TechnologistHelicopter PilotHydrographerInternational aid/development workerLand AgentLand ManagerLand SurveyorLandscape architectLocation analyst Logistics and distribution managerMap EditorMap LibrarianMarket researcherMeteorologist Nature conservation officerPaleontologistParks PlannerPilot
Planning and development surveyorPollution Analyst Project AssistantReal Estate AppraiserReal Estate DeveloperRegional PlannerRemote Sensing Analyst Remote Sensing TechnicianResearch AssistantScience WriterSecondary school teacherSoil Conservationist Survey TechnicianSurveyor Sustainability consultantTourism officerTown plannerTransport plannerTransportation PlannerTravel AgentUniversity ProfessorUrban PlannerWater conservation officer
Water Resources Specialist

Whoever knew a Geography A Level course would lead me to Iceland, walking on a glacier was just one of the many amazing things we did. Getting so close to a glacier was very useful when I was learning the section of the A level course on Glaciation. This department holds many opportunities that shouldn’t be missed. I think Geography is such a great subject; it is a very interesting course, and would appeal to many people.
I chose to study geography at A Level because I enjoy learning about people and their societies, economies, cultures and the environment. Geography particularly appeals to me as it enables me to learn and develop a wide range of skills – I plan to study geography at university because of how broad the subject is and the opportunities it can present in a future career with the wide range of transferable skills that are explored through studying geography.
I chose to study Geography at an advanced level due to the diversity of the topics available. My preference is Physical Geography. However, I have particularly enjoyed studying the Human Geography topic of Global Governance, including study of both the World’s Oceans and Migration. I also enjoy being able to learn the information specific to each part of the course; then access several additional documents, where I can read around a particular subject and thus improve my understanding.

The Geography department likes to give students the opportunity to travel overseas. Trips tend to occur alternate years. Destinations visited in recent years include China, Iceland and Italy.