“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future” Michael Palin

The Geography department at Sawston Village College is comprised of teachers who are genuinely excited about their subject and encourage pupils to learn in a dynamic and innovative way. We aim to raise awareness of links between people and their environment on a local and international scale. We also aim to equip pupils with the skills to be a responsible global citizen.

In Year 7 pupils study:

Pupils get to choose the units that they would like to be taught in the Autumn and Spring terms.

  • Autumn Term: Making Connections OR Exploring England
  • Spring Term: Crime OR Spoiling our Space
  • Summer Term: Infiltration - Rivers and Flooding

In Year 8 pupils study:

Pupils get to choose the units that they would like to be taught in the Autumn and Spring terms.

  • Autumn Term: Tectonics OR Settlements
  • Spring Term: Exploring the Middle East/Asia OR World of Sport
  • Summer Term: Microclimates - Weather and Climate

In Year 9 pupils study: 

Pupils get to choose the units that they would like to be taught in the Autumn and Spring terms.

  • Autumn Term: Development OR Tourism
  • Spring Term: Geography of Conflict OR Ecosystems
  • Summer Term: GCSE Coastal Landscapes in the UK

GCSE Geography

In Year 10 pupils study a mixture of Physical and Human geography following the AQA specification (8035).

Living with the Physical Environment:

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

Challenges in the Human Environment:

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

Geographical Applications:

  • Issue Evaluations
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical Skills

In Year 11 pupils study a mixture of Physical and Human Geography following the AQA A specification (9030).

Physical Units:

  • Restless Earth
  • Ice on the Land
  • Coastal Zone

Human Units:

  • Population Change
  • Globalisation
  • Tourism


Fieldwork is an essential part of Geography and all year groups experience an element of fieldwork.

  • Year 7 investigate the infiltration rates on different surfaces at Sawston Village College.
  • Year 8 investigate the microclimate of Sawston Village College.
  • Year 9 travel to Hunstanton to develop their geographical fieldwork skills.
  • Year 10 pupils investigate an aspect of human and physical geography such as Tourism or Coastal Landscapes in preparation for their Geographical Applications examination.
  • Year 11 pupils investigate human geography in Sheringham in preparation for their Controlled Assessment.

In addition to the fieldtrips that link directly to the curriculum we offer our GCSE pupils the opportunity to travel to Iceland (2013, 2015 and April 2017), allowing pupils to experience tectonics first hand by visiting features such as the Blue Lagoon and the area surrounding the Eyjafjallajokull volcano which erupted in 2010.  In 2014 we travelled to Morocco where pupils were able to journey through the High Atlas mountains on the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass and went camel trekking across the Great Dunes of Erg Chebbi in the Sahara Desert. 

To support and extend pupil understanding of the subject we also have a Geography Quiz Club. The department enters 2 teams in the Geographical Associations World Wise Quiz competing against other Cambridgeshire schools. Sawston Village College have won the winner’s trophy in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and were runners up in 2013 and 2015.

The Geography team has a wealth of experience and is always delighted to discuss the progress of pupils and the possibilities of extending the curriculum through local partnerships.

Mrs K Sage – Head of Geography
Mrs J Custins
Miss N Evans

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