Coastal Academy Trust



In geography we aim to..

‘explain the past, illuminate the present and prepare us for the future. What could be more important than that? Michael Palin (Honorary VP RGS)

Globally Diverse Ambitious for the Future Inquisitive Learners

KES students…

  • will be inspired and have a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.

  • engage with the human and physical characteristics of places across the world that make our planet unique.

  • develop into confident learners and ask questions about their local environment and the wider world around them.

  • have an awareness of world events, allowing them to evaluate the impact they can have on our ever changing world and their futures.

KES students…

  • discover opportunities for further learning after formal education at all key stages.

  • appreciate that there are actions and consequences that can impact the world around us

KES students…

  • will consider post 16 and post 18 educational and career options relating to geography.

  • actively engaged in geography related activities to develop individual cultural capital.

  • develop the confidence to ask questions about their local and global environments.


Geography KES Learning Journey Jan 2024.pptx

Geography Learning Journey

Key Stage 3

In KS3 we expect students to ask questions about their own locality as well as the wider world and planet as a whole. The topics taught at KS3 allow the students a viewpoint into a variety of human and physical world characteristics. (What are the differences and similarities between the seven continents? Why is our world unequal? What impact are humans having on the living world?)

The curriculum has been designed to allow all students to have a broad knowledge of geography and appreciation they can carry with them for life.


Key Stage 4

The AQA GCSE Geography course allows students to travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the UK, higher income countries, newly emerging economies  and lower income countries. Students study a variety of human and physical themes including climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Many topics cover themes that will continually evolve with time. 

We encourage the students to develop a number of skills. Students are allowed to develop and demonstrate a range of geographical skills, including cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical skills. Many of these skills are transferable to post 16 learning and the skills required for further life. Students are challenged to undertake appropriate fieldwork  and be aware of a number of fieldwork scenarios and relevant techniques encouraging teamwork, communication and enquiry skills. We encourage students to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes to therefore promote a rich cultural capital.

GCSE Geography Specification


Key Stage 5

Through the IB Geography course, students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills, especially when dealing with sensitive topics in a digital age. The course underpins the skills and knowledge needed for a wide range of career choices such as working in planning departments and for environmental agencies. We have a central theme running through all the modules which focuses on how the world and its citizens are interconnected. There are compulsory modules on climate change and resource management, which encourage students to think about how we impact the world around us and the inequalities that exist. Students are encouraged to become globally diverse. Students are motivated to challenge their thinking by engaging with a variety of source material and views. This has provided an opportunity for all of our students to engage in higher education at a number of prestigious institutions and study a variety of different subjects due to the diversity of the Geography course.

IB Geography Subject Brief