Geography is the study of space and place, recognising the great differences in cultures, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and exploring the links between them. The subject of Geography occupies a distinctive place in the world of learning for students at all key stages, highlighting the complex relationship between people, places and the environment.

Geography at Hermitage Academy is an immersive experience, exposing students to a wide range of fascinating topics ranging from the fragility of the earth’s landscape to the growing trends of urbanisation around the world. The Geography Department’s goal is to start students on a journey of discovery of the world around us, equipping them with a wide range of transferrable skills, alongside the academic qualifications they will gain. 

Studying Geography at Hermitage Academy helps students to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, better informed, and more responsible as citizens and students. From the classroom, students will go on a voyage of discovery through continents, countries and cities, gaining a greater awareness of the captivating world around us. 

Curriculum information






- Fantastic Places 

Students  travel the world in this topic immersing themselves in the wonders of the world

- Migration and Population

7.5billion and growing! Study the migration patterns around the globe

- Weather and Climate 

Students  begin to understand the weather around us

- Urban Environments

A city break like no other

- Coasts 

Take a trip to the beach to see the physical processes that operate

- International Development

Why is it that some countries are rich and others are poor? What can we do?


- Geological World (volcanoes) 

Study the monstrous volcanoes that inhabit our planet and the deadly effects they can have

- Climate Change 

The biggest issue facing the world right now – what is causing it and what can be done?

- Glaciation

Ice, ice and more ice!

- Economic Activity 

Delve into the history of your local area / economy

- Evolving Continents 

Investigate the differences between the continent of Asia and Africa

- Rivers 

Explore the fluvial processes that interact with the human world


- Wonderful Biomes

Journey through the epic ecosystems that exist on our planet

- Resource Conflict and Solutions

Resources… we all need them… but what happens when they run out?

- Geological World (earthquakes)

What happens when the physical processes of the World go wrong?

- Dangers in the atmosphere

Discover the effects of the atmosphere on the earth

- Contemporary Urban Issues

Over half of the world’s population lives in cities – what challenges do thus create?

- A Sustainable World 

With all the world’s current issues, investigate how the world can be made more sustainable to sustain future generations?

Key Stage 4

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards – understand how natural hazards pose a major threat to people and property.
  • The Living World – explore the biotic and abiotic features that make up our planet.
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK – review the diverse nature of the UK.
  • The Challenge of Urban environment - understand the challenges and opportunities in cities in an HIC and an LIC and how we can live in a sustainable way. 
  • The Changing Economic World – learn about the global variations in economic development and quality of life.
  • Resource Management – understand the fundamental aspects of human life: food, water and energy.
  • Geographical Applications – hone your craft as a geographer with a review of the skills gained in geography and applying your knowledge to real life events.

Key Stage 5

  • Earth Systems – a focus on how the earth operates as a dynamic system focusing on the Water cycle and Carbon Cycles.  How are they influenced through feedback loops and the role of human activity in creating positive feedback loops?  To think synoptically in how they are interrelated and how a small variation in one can have a significant impact elsewhere.
  • Coastal Systems – developing the idea of inputs and out puts of sediment through processes of erosion, transport, and deposition to shape a coastal landscape over time to produce distinctive features.  To assess the future role of climate change on our coasts and the particular need to defend certain areas more than others.
  • Hazards – to delve in the issue of tectonic hazards and atmospheric hazards and how we can model people’s response to these events by having a detailed understanding of their causes and effects.  By looking at specific case examples we can evaluate and critically analyse responses to offer long-term solutions as more people are affected by these events due to climate change and population growth.
  • Changing Places – Changing Places focuses upon people's engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them, all of which are of fundamental importance in their lives.  The students investigate the notion of changing places through two contrasting places, one which is local and a contrasting place which is likely to be distant but is used to emphasis how significant the contrast is in terms of economic development, population density and cultural background.
  • Population - This population unit of study explores the relationships between key aspects of physical geography and population numbers, population health and well-being, levels of economic development and the role and impact of the natural environment. Students engage with population across different scales which to identify relationships between the physical environment and human populations and the relationships between people in their local, national and international communities.
  • Global Systems and Governance – Global Systems and Governance focuses upon the key human geography concept of globalisation – How the economic, political and social changes associated with technological and other driving forces which have been a key feature of global economy and society in recent decades. Due to increased interdependence and transformed global relationships between peoples, states and environments, student investigate how these relationships have been attempted to be managed on an international scale through global governance. 




Geographers have allowed us to better understand the earth and why what many of us take for granted happens allowing us to continue to live our lives.
Year 11 student
I study geography as it will open up many doors for me in the future and help me in other areas such as sciences, languages and politics.
Year 11 student