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In geography, we aim for students to enjoy what they are learning and develop a love of the world. The seven year curriculum enables students to explore geography across a range of continents and consider how our perspectives of place change as new knowledge is acquired. Students develop geographical skills including, but not exclusively, map reading, source analysis and evaluation from the beginning of year seven and develop their confidence and application of these skills as they move through the curriculum.

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been developed to allow students to familiarise themselves with their local community and its place within the world. Students consider the world around them and are able to apply knowledge to issues which are readily discussed in the media, including climate change, hazards and migration. By exploring a range of countries at different stages of development, it opens their eyes to what life could have been like and students are able to develop a sense of appreciation for their surroundings. Exposing students to the wider world enables them to identify the connections that exist globally, and will enable students to aspire to travel, see the world and become global citizens.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students follow the Edexcel B curriculum which further develops their understanding of global issues and their local environment. Students build on the prior knowledge and experiences they have acquired at Key Stage 3, developing a focus on sustainability and geography of the future. They study resource management, biome threats and urbanisation amongst others topics to consider how human development poses a threat to the future prosperity of the world.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, students follow the Edexcel curriculum where they are encouraged to develop depth in case study knowledge, and broaden their outlooks when considering perspectives of the earth. An underlying theme at Key Stage 5 is the issues associated with geographical power and how this leads to conflicts over tangible and intangible resources. Students develop their enquiry skills through independent investigation and exploring a project which is unique to them.





Year 7

What are Borehamwood’s connections with the wider world?

Are the Great Lakes really that great?

Is it fair to say 'all of Africa is the same'?

Year 8

Russia, a land of challenges or opportunities?

Do tectonic hazards in the Philippines have to be deadly?

Buenos Aires, a desirable place to live?

Year 9

How has India changed since 1980s?

Why is Mumbai a challenging place to live?

Is tectonic activity the only global hazard?

Year 10 GCSE

People and the biosphere

Forests under threat

Consuming energy resources

Global hazards

Development dynamics

Challenges of an urbanising world

Year 11 GCSE


UK physical geography

UK human geography




Year 12 A Level


Tectonic processes and hazards

Regenerating places

Coastal landscape and change


The water cycle and water insecurity

Year 13 A Level

Non-examined assessment

Health, human rights and intervention

The carbon cycle and energy security



Independent Learning Resources

  • The Knowledge
  • Quizlet
  • Seneca Learning