Mrs Sarah Motterham – Standards in MFL, Pupil Development, Life Skills, Citizenship, Transition (Year 11-12), CEIAG, and student leadership.
Mrs Gillespe – Assistant Head, SENCO and Standards in Humanities
Mr Tomlinson – Geography Coordinator, Geography Teacher
Mr Howarth – Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator, Geography Teacher


At Mossley Hollins high school we aim to provide all pupils with the opportunity to understand more about the world, the challenges it faces and their place within it. A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our vision is to offer an up-to-date, relevant and issue-based curriculum with sustainability at the core.


Our Geography curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop their knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.
  • Deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
  • Explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
  • Develop students’ competence in using a wide range of geographical investigative skills and approaches.
  • To create knowledgeable, skilful and responsible citizens that care about the future of our planet.
  • Develop pupils to be able to apply knowledge and conceptual understanding to new settings
  • Encourage critical learners through enquiry and problem-solving activities, preparing them for life in the 21st century.


Students can progress from this course to:

  • A-Level Geography
  • Any other academic or vocational qualifications that involve Geographical elements related to that area of study

KS3 Curriculum 2023-2024

Year 7, 8 and 9

In Years 7, 8 and 9, all students follow the KS3 National Curriculum. They receive 4 lessons of Geography per fortnight and are taught in mixed attainment groups. Students in KS3 will have end point assessments each half term and end of year exams. Pupils study the following topics in Geography:

Year 7 Programme of Study

  • ‘The World Around Me’ – an introduction to Geography that looks at the world around us using a variety of maps at different scales.
  • ‘A Dangerous World’ – a study of plate tectonics and how different hazards can have devastating consequences.
  • ‘A Rising World’ – a study of the world’s coasts and how they are changing.
  • ‘My Future World’ – a study of the causes and impacts of Climate change around the world.
  • ‘A Frozen World’ – a study of environmental change and human activity and how they impact cold environments.
  • ‘An Urban World’ – a study of how the growth of cities has transformed the way that we live.
  • ‘An Environmental Study’ – pupils will go outside the classroom and apply some of the skills that they have learned this year to fieldwork.

Year 8 Programme of Study

  • ‘A Changing World’ – a study of Africa which challenges misconceptions of the continent.
  • ‘A Beautiful World’ – a study of the world’s ecosystems and how they are impacted by humans.
  • ‘An Icy World’ – a study of Glacial landscapes and how they are formed.
  • ‘An Atmospheric world’– a study of weather and climate and it’s impacts globally.
  • ‘A Powerful World’ – a study of the world’s leading superpowers.
  • ‘A Fragile World’ – a study of how excessive human usage of the world’s resources is threatening our future.

Year 9 Programme of Study

  • ‘A Globalised World’ – a study of globalisation and its impacts.
  • ‘Our Northern World’ – a study of the North of England and how it is changing to adapt to the future.
  • ‘A Contrasting World’– a study of the Middle East and how it’s physical Geography can impact development.
  • ‘An Endangered World’ – a study of hydrology and how they are impacted by humans. 
  • ‘An Unequal World’ – a study of how differing levels of wealth around the world impacts development.
  • ‘A Fairer World’ – a study of the development gap and ways in which it can be tackled.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum 2023-2024

Year 10 and 11

Students follow the Department for Education GCSE Geography content, through AQA GCSE specification. All pupils are in mixed ability sets and are taught by a specialist Geography teacher. At the end of Year 11 all students will be entered for:

AQA GCSE (9-1) Geography

Subject Content

Paper 1 – Living with the Physical Environment

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

 Paper 2 – Challenges in the Human Environment

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

Paper 3 – Geographical Applications

  • Issue Evaluation
  • Fieldwork
ExaminationsLength of ExamWeighting
Paper 11 hour 30 minutes35%
Paper 21 hour 30 minutes35%
Paper 31 hour 15 minutes30%
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