There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Geographers are also highly employable. Whatever your passion for the world - fascination with landscapes or concerns about inequality - geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally. Dr Rita Gardner, Director of the RGS-IBG


Introduction to Geography at Rickmansworth

Geography is a popular option subject at Rickmansworth School. We want pupils understand the world and their place within it. We are an enthusiastic department and seek to ensure our lessons are relevant and interesting to pupils’ lives.

We cover a wide range of topics throughout the key stages to help pupils gain a core understanding of the key areas of Geography. A range of methods are used to encourage pupils to engage with the issues we are studying. This includes: research projects, investigations, presentations, debates, essays and group work to enhance both their geographical knowledge and wider skills.  



See below for details on each part of the course and our Twitter account @rickygeography for more information.

Key Stage 3

In KS3 Geography, students develop a wide range of skills through studying a number of topics. Where possible, topics are studied by using a variety of case studies from all over the world. The themes that structure our studies throughout KS3 are:

  • Our developing world
  • Our urban world
  • Our powerful world
  • Our living world; and
  • Our changing population.
  • We focus on developing pupil enquiry and written skills and aim to provide opportunities for independent research to stretch and challenge our students.

Key Stage 4

Geography is a popular and successful option subject at Rickmansworth School. We follow the AQA syllabus. This comprises three papers and student no longer complete a separate coursework/controlled assessment as this is now assessed through Paper 3.

  • Paper 1: Living with the physical environment
  • Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment
  • Paper 3: Geographical applications

Similarly to Key Stage 3, the topics are all taught using up to date case studies. Topics studied include: the challenge of natural hazards; the living world; physical landscapes in the UK; challenges in the human environment; the changing economic world; the challenge of resource management and geographical applications and skills.


Key Stage 5

A level Geography at Rickmansworth has achieved consistently excellent results with a large number of students over the last few years going on to study the subject at degree level. We follow the new AQA syllabus (OCR for 2016-17 year 13). The AQA syllabus comprises the following elements. Components 1 and 2 are exams and component 3 is an independent investigation.


  • Component 1: Physical geography (40%)
  • Component 2: Human geography (40%)
  • Component 3: Geographical investigation (20%)

Extra-Curricular & Trips

To allow pupils to experience geographical phenomena first hand and to gain fieldwork skills we run a number of trips.

Please click here to go to the trips page.


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