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Fri 29 June
- Last day of term (12.00 pm finish)



Acting Head of Department:

Dr. D. M. Wood B.A., P.G.C.E., Ph.D.


Teaching Staff:

Mr C Jellie B.Ed., M.Teach.
Miss A Jones B.Ed.
Miss J. McQueen B.Sc., P.G.C.E.
Mr M Rainey B.Ed.
Miss J Rollins B.Sc., P.G.C.E.




“So many of the world’s current issues – at a global scale and locally – boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them” (Michael Palin)


The Geography Department at Belfast High School aims to encourage pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in our dynamic and changing world. We want pupils to be inspired by the world around them and to develop their role as global citizens.


Key Stage 3:

The Geography Department follows the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 3. An exciting and balanced programme of study embraces the cross curricular skills (Communication, Using ICT and Using Mathematics) and thinking skills and personal capabilities.


Units Of Study

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

What is Geography?


Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Map Skills



Northern Ireland

Environment and Resources

Globalisation and Fashion

Latitude and Longitude

Weathering and Erosion


Weather and Climate


Tropical Rainforests



Key Stage 4:

GCSE Geography aims to encourage students to:

• follow a broad, coherent and worthwhile course of study;
• actively engage in studying geography to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical thinkers with enquiring minds;
• develop their knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate how these concepts affect our changing world;
• recognise the differences and similarities between people’s views of the world, and its environments, societies and cultures;
• develop and apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork and other learning outside the classroom; and
• gain confidence in making informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.


Unit Topics Examination
Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World A – River Environments
B – Coastal Environments
C – Our Changing Weather and Climate
D – The Restless Earth
1 hour 30 mins
40% of GCSE
Unit 2: Living in Our World A – Population and Migration
B – Changing Urban Areas
C – Contrasts in World Development
D – Managing Our Environment
1 hour 30 mins
40% of GCSE
Unit 3: Fieldwork Students base their answers on their knowledge and experience of fieldwork. Students must bring a fieldwork statement and table of data into the examination. 1 hour
20% of GCSE



Key Stage 5:

A Level Geography is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their understanding of geographical concepts and processes to help interpret our changing world. Students will develop as global citizens and will recognize the challenges of sustainability and the implications for their own and others’ lives.



Title Themes Weighting


Physical Geography

A - Rivers

40% of AS

B - Ecosystems

16% of A2

C - Weather and Climate


Human Geography

A - Population

40% of AS

B - Settlement

16% of A2

C - Development


Fieldwork Skills and Techniques in Geography

A - Fieldwork

20% of AS

B - Skills and Techniques in Geography

8% of A2


Physical Processes, Landforms and Management

A - Plate Tectonics – Theory and Outcomes

24% of A2

B - Tropical Ecosystems


Processes and Issues in Human Geography

A - Ethnic Diversity

24% of A2

B - Tourism


Decision Making in Geography

This unit takes the form of a case study set within a real world context.

12% of A2


Facilities and Resources


There are two dedicated Geography classrooms which are equipped with an interactive whiteboard or data projector and networked computers. Fieldwork plays an important part in the Geography curriculum. There are annual trips to Magilligan Field Centre and a two day residential to Derrygonnelly Field Centre, Co Fermanagh. A Level students may also attend a variety of relevant lectures provided by the Geographical Association in partnership with Queen’s University, Belfast.


Useful links


CCEA Geography Microsite www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/geography/

National Geographic www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/uk/

International Database www.census.gov/population/international/data/idb/informationGateway.php

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency www.ninis2.nisra.gov.uk/public/Home.aspx