The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. The study of Geography helps students to understand our dynamically changing world and to prepare them to become responsible global citizens. Students in the Geography department are encouraged to develop a sense of wonder about places. Geography explains how places and landscapes are formed, how people and the environment interact and the links between societies and economies. Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and peoples lives, for the present and future. 
Geography inspires students to think about their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

Department Staff: Mr R McCluskey, Mrs C Woodward and Miss A Burgum.

Department Facilities: The department is housed in two rooms in a modern Humanities wing of the College. The department has shared access to a suite of computers within the Humanities wing.

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 receive two hours of Geography per week. Students receive three hours of Geography per week at GCSE level.


Key stage 3 classes are taught a variety of topics based around 3 main themes: 
My World
Diverse World
 and Risky World. During their studies there is a progression in expectation of students based on increasingly complex issues or themes.
Students will also get the opportunity to carry out fieldwork at KS3 studying the local area from a social, economic and environmental perspective.
Throughout Key Stage 3 students will be practicing and developing their key geographical skills such as map skills and interpreting data.
The high number of students who continue Geography onto GCSE is a testament to our enjoyable, informative and innovative programme at KS3.


Ercall Wood Geography students will be taught to the OCR GCSE Geography B specification from September 2012. The course is varied and follows the foundations built in key stage 3.

The themed content and tiered papers* enables the department to extend knowledge and stretch our more able pupils while remaining accessible to all ability students.

The specification consists of three units:-

• UNIT ONE: Sustainable Decision Making Exercise – this is a 1 hour 30 minute written paper and is worth 25% of the total GCSE mark. This unit will develop real-life skills relevant to future decision making and aims to tests candidates’ ability to apply the ideas contained in the four key themes to a particular scenario. i.e. How to manage our coastlines?; Where to locate a wind farm?; How to respond to the energy crisis?

• UNIT TWO: Geographical Enquiry is 25% of the total GCSE mark and is a 2000 word controlled assessment. The task requires the collection of primary data and therefore fieldwork is necessary. The fieldtrip enables pupils to see firsthand what they have learned about in the classroom and brings to life the GCSE programme

• UNIT THREE: Terminal Examination (Key Geographical Themes) – this section is worth 50% of the total GCSE mark and is a 1 hour 45 minute written paper.

* Both the Terminal Examination and the Decision Making Exercise have two tiered papers. Each Foundation Paper assesses grades G to C whilst each Higher Paper assesses grades D to A*.

There are four key themes within this specification:-

Theme 1: Rivers and Coasts: What are drainage basins; Why does Flooding occur and how can it be managed; what is the coast like; What processes and landforms are found on the coast; How can Coastal erosion and flooding be managed.

Theme 2: Population and Settlement How and why are the populations of countries different? What causes population to change? Why do people move? How are cities changing?

Theme 3: Natural Hazards What causes hazards? How do they affect people in different parts of the world? How can people be protected from hazards?

Theme 4: Economic Development. What is development? How does development vary between countries? How do multinational companies affect development? How do we cause and how can we manage Global Climate change?

Top 5 tips to revise well in Geography

• When looking over topics or case studies use mind maps to illustrate the key points to remember. Highlight and use colour to help structure these e.g. SOCIAL IMPACTS – blue, ECONOMIC IMPACTS – red, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS – green. Revision cards are also good to help you remember key facts / issues.
• Ensure you learn and understand Geographical keywords. Then make sure you are confident in using them in your writing.
• Try and remember some place specific examples or statistical evidence. This will help you achieve A/A* grades when included in your extended question answers.
• Try and challenge yourself to explain things… If you can’t explain it to yourself out loud using Geographical terminology then you won’t be able to in the exam! Revisit the appropriate section of your notes or textbook and make sure you are confident in your ability to explain it before moving onto the next section.
• Talk to your teacher if there is anything you come across during revision that you do not understand, lack notes in or need some clarification.