Geography at Burton Borough is dedicated towards helping Newport students become knowledgeable and highly employable citizens, aware of their own community in a global setting. 

Each geography lesson at Burton Borough seeks to develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with students for the rest of their lives.

What will I study?

Students at Burton Borough complete a 2 year KS3 in Geography, during Years 7 and 8.  KS3 students will study geography for 3 hours per fortnight in mixed ability sets.  

At KS3, students will study a broad range of geographical topics, making the most of resources our classroom teachers have tailored to suit Burton Borough students.  We have worked in collaboration with several other geography departments, as well as utilising resources from the Geography Association and Royal Geographical Society, to put together a challenging, contemporary curriculum.

Students have the option to complete a 3 year KS4 in Geography, during Years 9, 10 and 11.  At KS4, students follow the Edexcel A specification.  This course encompasses a wide range of contemporary themes and issues.  Students will draw on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed across the course to investigate contemporary UK challenges.

Students will carry out two fieldwork investigations; one physical fieldwork investigation, at Carding Mill Valley; and one human fieldwork investigation, either in Shrewsbury or Newport.

Students will sit 3 examinations, each lasting an hour and a half.  Paper 1 assess the physical geography topics and is worth 37.5% of the course.  Paper 2 assesses the human geography topics and is also worth 37.5% of the course.  Paper 3 assesses the geographical fieldwork investigations carried out as well as including the synoptic UK contemporary challenges activity.

We will rigorously assess students across the three years of study making full use of timed exam papers.  There will be a full examination at the end of each year of study, which will assess all content studied in that year.


Students begin by learning about what Geography actually is; developing their knowledge and understanding of the key geographical concepts of space, place, scale and interconnectivity. They then study individual topics, learning about key physical and human elements of geography, whilst developing their spacial awareness of the world.

  • What is a Geographer? 
  • Map Skills
  • Resources
  • Economy
  • Weather and Climate
  • Russia
  • Rivers
  • Development 

Students build upon the foundations created in Y7 by studying a series of essential geographical topics in great depth.  They will develop many key geographical skills, including mathematical, statistical and graphical skills.

  • Coasts
  • Asia
  • Tectonics
  • Africa
  • Glaciers
  • Climate Change
  • Middle East

Students commence their Geography GCSE studying key human and physical topics as well as developing key geographical skills.  They also undertake their first fieldwork investigation.

  • The changing landscapes of the UK.
  • Coastal landscapes and processes.
  • Geographical Skills 1: Map skills.
  • River landscapes and processes.
  • UK landscape challenges. 
  • A case study of a major UK city. 
  • Settlement, population and economic challenges. 
  • Geographical Skills 2: Mathematical and statistical skills.
  • Case study of a major city in an emerging country.

Year 10 sees students continue to develop their key knowledge, understanding and skills as well as completing their second fieldwork investigation.

  • Weather hazards and climate change. 
  • Global climate challenge. 
  • Geographical investigations – physical fieldwork. 
  • Weather hazards and climate change, tropical cyclones and drought. 
  • Climate change challenges. 
  • Global development, case study of development in an emerging country. 
  • Ecosystems, biodiversity and management.

Students finish their studies before completing rigorous revision lessons of content covered across the three years of study.

  • Resource management. 
  • Water resource management. 
  • Resource consumption and environmental sustainability challenge. 
  • Geographical investigations – human fieldwork.

For more information regarding the Geography Curriculum please contact the Head of Department via our contact form.