The subject is a highly successful choice at A Level (Edexcel) and many students go on to study it or related subjects at degree level. Both A Level and GCSE students undertake residential fieldwork as integral parts of their course.

The department is housed in a purpose-built Humanities block. Each room is well equipped with a data projector connected to video/DVD facility, visualiser and computer. One of the rooms has been furnished with an interactive whiteboard. The department has a set of laptops for students to use as part of their learning.

Caterham Geographers

Every student should have

  1. Basic equipment for every lesson. This means we can spend our time helping you to learn. By basic equipment, we mean: pens pencils, ruler, book and colours. (Yes, we know! But geography isn’t all colouring).
  2. It helps if you have an atlas at home. If you are not sure about which one is best, have a word with your geography teacher. 
  3. Your free 1:25000 Ordnance Survey map of East London. You were given this in Year 7 and you can use it to help with your map skills.
  4. GCSE students should try to read a good newspaper or watch the news regularly. You would be surprised just how much you will be helped, after all Geography is about our world. 
  5. We recommend that both GCSE and A Level students subscribe to the magazines aimed to help them. For GCSE this is “Wide World” and for A Level, “Geography Review” We will be able to get these at a good price for you but you will have to subscribe through the Geography Department.

Exam Boards

Years 7,  8 and 9, National Curriculum Key Stage Three.

Years 10 and Year 11 - GCSE - OCR B - for enquiring minds

'A’ Levels

Year 12 Edexcel AS

World at Risk, Going Global

Year 13 Edexcel A2 

Contested Planet, Geographical Research


The Programme of Study Key Stage Three is designed to give students a good grounding in geographical knowledge and skills. These they will keep for life as the subject has a direct relevance every day. Students will complete a number of interactive projects throughout KS3 incorporating topical units such as ‘plastic waste’ and the ‘climate change protests’.

Year 7

Unit One – CHS fieldwork project

Students will learn how to conduct fieldwork accurately and will devise their own project around the school site. Students will practice their fieldwork methods and create a ‘write up’ on their findings.

Unit two - Water World 

The way rivers and coasts work and how we are affected by them.

Unit three - Our Local Area.

Students will learn about our place in London and the South-East, how we have developed and how we are linked to the world.

Unit four - Maps and Mapping

Students will learn a number of map skills such as ‘giving direction’ and grid references. Students will look at contemporary uses of maps including GIS.

Year 8

Unit One – Climate Change

Students will learn about the causes of climate change both human and man made. Students will study the enhanced greenhouse effect and its human causes.  Students will look at the student protests and how individuals are able to influence change at a governmental level.

Unit two – Plastic Planet

Students will learn about plastic waste and its impact on the environment and on human life. Students will learn about single-use plastic and ways in which humans can reduce their plastic waste.

Unit three – Developing World

Students will study Brazil, including issues such as development and strategies countries use to improve the lives of their citizens. Students will study favela life.

Unit four- Ecosystems

Students will study how Ecosystems are interdependent. Students will focus on the rainforest biome and its adaptations.

Year 9

Unit One - Tourism

Students will study the increasing number of tourists around the world and its positive and negative impacts to people and the environment.

Unit Two – Natural Hazards

Students will study how people cope with living in hazardous environments and what causes natural hazards such as volcanoes and earthquakes. Students will also look at Tropical storms and the economic, social and environmental impacts of these events.

Unit three- Globalisation

Students begin by studying the history of globalisation – focusing on trade and empires. Students will then examine recent globalisation such as the proliferation of American culture around the world and the technological developments that have speeded this process up! Students will study the benefits and costs of a rapidly globalising world.


"OCR B - Geography for Enquiring Minds"

Topic 1: Global hazards

Topic 2: Changing climate

Topic 3: Distinctive landscapes

Topic 4: Sustaining eco-systems

Topic 5: Urban futures

Topic 6: Dynamic development

Topic 7: UK in the 21st Century

Topic 8: Resource reliance

Students will be expected to take part in residential fieldwork in Snowdonia and skills learnt will form the basis of an examination at the end of Year 11.

A Level

What we study at ‘A’ Level – Edexcel

AS Level - Dynamic landscapes and Dynamic places

Students will be expected to take part in residential fieldcourse in Slapton, South Devon which will prepare them for their independent non-examined assessment (NEA).

A-Level - In addition to the AS topics, A-level will also include Physical systems and sustainability and Human systems and geopolitics.

Useful Links

This is a list of websites you might find useful  - it is not exhaustive, just an idea of what’s out there. It is divided into three - general (Gen), geography (Geo) and revision (Rev).