Our curriculum pathway is carefully sequenced to enable students to develop and refine the unique skill set that sets Geographers apart from other disciplines. The progression through our curriculum pathway present ideas which are complex, rigorous and empowering, enabling deeper thinking, critical thinking and an investigative approach. Geography is discipline which is constantly changing and evolving and we ensure that Geography at Sale Grammar School is current, relevant and related to the world that we live in.

Our 6 Departmental Core Values

Powerful knowledge – Geography is a complicated and intricate discipline that spans both the natural and social sciences. Our students will develop mechanisms to think about the world; place, space, interdependence. We equip our students with powerful ways to analyse, explain and understand the world we live in. We want our students to have the confidence to believe in their own knowledge and understanding and to engage in issues on a local, regional and global scale.

Geo-capabilities – sophisticated geo-capabilities highlight the value and role of Geography in the development of human capabilities. Powerful knowledge alongside a unique skill set: investigative fieldwork, analytical capabilities, ICT skills, confident decision making, challenging debate and robust discussion, all contribute to help our students fulfil their potential both in school and in their life beyond Sale Grammar School.Picture2

Real skills for real life – knowledge of the world contributes strongly to our students’ general knowledge, promoting greater understanding of people, place, environment and geo-politics. We want to take our students beyond their own personal experiences and open up their eyes and minds to possibilities that they have not even yet considered.

Stewardship for the 21st century – we aim to equip our students with the knowledge and skills to become successful global citizens. They will develop a perspective and understanding to recognise both spatial and temporal change. They will understand that change occurs at a range of scales from extremely local, through to regional, national and global. The stewardship and responsibility for the future of our planet belongs to all of us.

Enjoyment, interest and challenge – through sequences of learning experiences, our students engage and identify their place and role in the world. Our curriculum builds on prior knowledge and also extends their experiences through challenging and interesting lessons. We aim to foster life-long learners of people, place and environment by extending students’ geographical understanding beyond the classroom.

Flexibility and independence – geographical ideas, concepts, theories and places all change over time. We aim to develop our students to embrace change with a flexible and independent approach to their studies. The breadth, balance, challenge and relevance of our geography curriculum will develop confident, responsible citizens who have the cultural capital to succeed in life and have the skills for future learning and employment.

There are 3 components to the A-Level course 

Component 1: Physical Geography

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Coastal landscapes
  • Hazards

Assessment: 2hr 30min examination 40% of the qualification

Component 2: Human Geography 

  • Global systems and governance 
  • changing places
  • population and the environment 

Component 3: Fieldwork Investigation

Students must undertake a minimum four days fieldwork (over two years).  During these fieldwork days students will undertake investigations in both physical and human Geography. 

From their fieldwork experience, students will have developed the skills to complete an individual investigation.  This must be based on data collected in the field.  The Individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content. 

Assessment: 4000 words

Internally marked and externally moderated 

20% of the qualification

Wider Learning Opportunities



Population and the Environment (Salford Quays and GMWDA)

Changing Places (Altrincham)

Coastal environments (Sefton Coast)


GA and RGS lecture programme


Study skills after school support


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A Level Geography 27th Jan 2021 Download