Miss Allsopp (Head of Department) – Mr Lawrence


GCSE Geography is an exciting subject which looks at a wide range of contemporary global issues. The course is split into three components:

Paper 1 – The Physical Environment. This includes topics such as rivers, coasts, climate change, weather hazards and ecosystems.

Paper 2 – The Human Environment. This includes topics such as cities and urban development, global development issues including poverty resolution and resource management, including water and energy supplies.

Paper 3 – Geographical skills. This paper includes work on fieldtrips and geographical skills.

Fieldwork is a compulsory part of GCSE Geography and all pupils choosing to study this course must be willing to attend and participate in fieldwork. This will include:

– An urban study within the Manchester area
– A rural study to either a river environment or a coastal environment

Paper 1: The Physical Environment June of Year 11 – 37.5% of final mark
Paper 2: The Human Environment June of Year 11 – 37.5% of final mark
Paper 3: Geographical Investigations June of Year 11 – 25% of final mark

Higher Education Courses/Careers
Sixth Form:  GCE A Level Geography  GCE A Level Geology  GCE A Level Environmental Studies
University: Geography can be studied as a Science (BSc) or an Arts subject (BA) at university depending on whether you are more interested in Physical or Human Geography at that point.  It can also be studied as a joint degree with a variety of other subjects.
Careers where this course may be useful are Environmental Management, Disaster Mitigation, Town Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Distribution and Logistics, Nature Conservation and Public Housing.


Mr Welsby (Head of Department) – Miss Davies (Second in History)
Mr Buchan – Ms Nathan

Students will study the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of democracy and dictatorship – the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism.

Students will also study a wider world depth study which focuses on the causes of the Second World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the issues which caused it.

Students who choose to study history now have an opportunity to learn about a contrasting period in time in shaping the nation this helps students to gain an understanding of the development of the relationship between the citizen and the state in Britain. It considers the causes and consequences of protest.

Finally the students will focus on major events during the last 35 years of Elizabeth I reign, including economic, religious, political, social and cultural opinions, and historical controversies. – Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship – Conflict and Tension 1918-1939 – Britain: Power and the People – Elizabethan England c1568-1603.

Two final exam papers:
Paper One: Understanding the modern world. 50% of the total GCSE
1 hour 45 minutes, written paper. 84 marks
Paper Two: Shaping the nation. 50% of the total GCSE
1 hour 45 minutes, written paper. 84 marks

Higher Education Courses/Careers
Sixth Form: GCE A Level History
University: History can be studied with a variety of other subjects at university.
Careers: History is an excellent choice for many careers. The skills of research and investigation are highly regarded by employers in such fields as Law, the Armed Forces, Archaeology, Banking, Sales and Marketing, Politics, Journalism, Personnel, Commerce, Administration, Civil Service, Teaching, Television and Radio, Nursing and Medicine.