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Mr P Kelly & Mrs P McEldowney


Geography at St Patrick’s College is designed to equip pupils with a life-long understanding of the world around them, through activities and investigations. We aim to further develop our students into global citizens through the courses that they cover at KS3 and GCSE.

Department Aims

Our aims are:

  • To help pupils develop a knowledge and understanding of current events from thelocal area to the global.
  • To investigate the earth and its peoples.
  • To study the features of the earth – such as mountains, rivers and seas – and how theywere formed.
  • To develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT andproblem solving.
  • To help pupils gain an understanding and appreciation of the cultures andbackgrounds of people from all over the world.
  • Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future.” – Michael Palin
  • To stimulate students’ interest in and engagement with the world. Through geographical inquiry they develop an understanding of the interactions between people, places and environments across a range of scales in order to become informed, responsible and active citizens.

Students will be introduced to demographic, social and cultural attributes such as migration, social relations and cultural identity. The main objective is to underline that human activities are subject to adaptation and change.

Curriculum Details

GCSE Geography Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World 40%

Theme A: River Environments (25%)
Theme B: Coastal Environments (25%)
Theme C: Our Changing Weather and Climate (25%)
Theme D: The Restless Earth (25%)

External written examination 1 hour 30mins

GCSE Geography Unit 2: Living in Our World 40%

Theme A: Population and Migration (25%)
Theme B: Changing Urban Areas (25%)
Theme C: Contrasts in World Development (25%)
Theme D: Managing Our Environment(25%)

External written examination 1 hour 30mins

Unit 3 GCSE Fieldwork Exam 20%

Students base their answers on their knowledge and experience of fieldwork

KS3 Geography

Topics Studied:
What is Geography – Map Skills- Weather and Climate – Settlement – Rocks – Weathering – Coastal Erosion – Rivers – Population and migration – Environmental issues eg Global Warming – Structure of the Earth – Earthquakes – Volcanoes – Tsunamis – Natural Environments – World Development – Fair Trade – Globalisation

Geography Students during a Recent River Study

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