Exam Board


Assessed by

Written examinations

Non-examination assessment - Fieldwork


The aim and philosophy of the Geography Department at Sale Grammar School is to foster a love of Geography where all our students feel deep connections with people, places and the environment.

Our curriculum is both creative and ambitious, and is designed to enable all our students to progress and achieve academic excellence. A geographical education at Sale Grammar School provides all students with the ability to use their knowledge and understanding to shape and frame their own life experiences by gaining the cultural capital they need to succeed in life.


Assessment is based on three examinations at the end of Year 11.

Paper 1 - Physical Geography (35% of the GCSE)

Study areas include:

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • The Living World
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK

Paper 2 – Human Geography (35% of the GCSE)

Study areas include:

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Changing Economic World
  • The Challenge of Resource Management

Paper 3 – Applied Geography (30% of the GCSE)

Study areas include:

  • Issue Evaluation
  • Skills

Fieldwork enquiry (this will involve two geography field trips over the two-year course, one in a physical environment and one in a human environment).

Wider Learning Opportunities



Human Geography field investigation (Bowness, Lake District National Park).

Physical Geography field investigation (Ainsdale Dunes, Sefton Coast)


Study Skills after school support

Progression Through Geography 

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.














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