Geography is the study of space and place - recognising the great differences in cultures, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and exploring the links between them. The subject of geography occupies a distinctive place in the world of learning for students at all key stages, highlighting the complex relationship between people, places and the environment.

Geography at the Academy of Shotton Hall is an immersive experience, exposing students to a wide range of fascinating topics from the fragility of the earth's landscape to the growing trends of urbanisation around the world. The geography department’s goal is to start you on a journey of discovery of the world around us, equipping students with a wide range of transferrable skills alongside the academic qualifications you will gain.

Studying geography at the Academy of Shotton Hall helps students to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, better informed, and more responsible as citizens and students. From the classroom, students will go on a voyage of discovery through continents, countries and cities gaining a greater awareness of the captivating world around us.

Curriculum information






- Fantastic Places 

Students  travel the World in this topic immersing themselves in the wonders of the World

- Migration and Population

7.5billion and growing! Study the migration patterns around the Globe

- Weather and Climate 

Students  begin to understand the weather around us

- Urban Environments

A city break like no other

- Coasts 

Take a trip to the beach to see the physical processes that operate

- International Development

Why is it that some countries are rich and others are poor? What can we do?


- Geological World (volcanoes) 

Study the monstrous volcanoes that inhabit our planet and the deadly effects they can have

- Climate Change 

The biggest issue facing the World right now – what is causing it and what can be done?

- Glaciation

Ice, ice and more ice!

- Economic Activity 

Delve into the history of your local area / economy

- Evolving Continents 

Investigate the differences between the continent of Asia and Africa

- Rivers 

Explore the fluvial processes that interact with the human World


- Wonderful Biomes

Journey through the epic ecosystems that exist on our planet

- Resource Conflict and Solutions

Resources… we all need them… but what happens when they run out?

- Geological World (earthquakes)

What happens when the physical processes of the World go wrong?

- Dangers in the atmosphere

Discover the effects of the atmosphere on the Earth

- Contemporary Urban Issues

Over half of the World’s population lives in cities – what challenges do thus create?

- A Sustainable World 

With all the World’s current issues, investigate how the World can be made more sustainable to sustain future generations?

10 Unit 2 Section B - Changing Economic World - This unit covers the development gap, our case-study of a changing economy - Nigeria and the Changing UK Economy. Unit 1 Section C – Physical Landscapes (Rivers/Coasts)

Unit 2 Section A - The Urban World - LIC City and HIC city. 


Unit 2 Section C - The challenge of resource management.


Unit 3 Section B - The physical fieldwork aspect of the course will be completed at Seaham Beach.

Unit 3 Section B - Human fieldwork - this include a fieldwork trip to Newcastle Quayside.


Unit 1 Section B – The Living World.
Unit 1 Section A The Challenge of Natural Hazards/ Climate.

Unit 3 Section A - Pre-Release prep, the issue evaluation is released 12 weeks prior the Unit 3 exam.


Exam preparation



I like the detail of the places we study – I really enjoyed learning about Svalbard and how different it is to my life.
Year 7 student
The teachers have helped support me through my GCSE study. I’ve loved studying geography, so want to do it at A-Level.
Year 11 student