E. Cullinan

D. Mullan




St. Mary’s Geography department has a shared vision namely ‘to generate an interest in Geography that will last beyond the students’ school career’. We also aim to provide a stimulating learning environment that encourages the student to take an interest in all Geographical matters. In addition it is hoped that by studying the subject general skills such as communication, expression and evaluation will be fostered


Subject Specific aims include:


  • To develop a ‘sense of place’ and to appreciate the significance of change on the earth’s surface.
  • To acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of physical and human processes and their interactions.
  • To develop enquiry skills through fieldwork, to broaden the student’s experience of the world around them.
  • To encourage a sympathetic understanding of different communities, and cultures within our own society and elsewhere in the world
  • To develop an awareness of the contrasting opportunities and constraints facing people living in different environments.
  • To introduce and develop a variety of geographical skills (inc. O.S map work Atlas study satellite and photographic maps) and graphic, and numeric.
  • To develop ICT skills as are relevant to enhancing geographical understanding and skills.
  • To appreciate the importance of sustainable development to the future of the planet.







All pupils study Geography in Years 8, 9 and 10. Our KS3 Programme provides varied and interesting learning experiences under the following headings:


  • Geographical Skills (mapwork, research, data handling, presentation and communication skills);
  • Geographical Themes (Rocks and Processes of Landscape Development, Weather and Climate, Ecosystems, Population, Settlement, Economic Activities);
  • Places and Locational Knowledge (Ireland – the counties, main towns, rivers, loughs and mountains; the capital cities of England, Scotland and Wales; the member states and capital cities of the European Union; the continents and oceans and major lines of latitude and longitude of the world.;
  • Issues (Environmental Issues; World Development Issues);
  • Contribution to Educational Themes (ICT, Careers, Cultural Heritage, Health Education, Economic Awareness).
  • ICT is used extensively to enhance learning and the pupils are given many opportunities to research information, create presentations, create podcasts, analyse data and record findings using the school’s ICT network.







At St Mary’s at GCSE level we follow the CCEA specification for geography. At GCSE level the subject is divided into 2 modules:


  • Unit 1 – Understanding our Natural World (37.5%)
  • Unit 2 – Living in Our World (37.5%)
  • Unit 3 – Controlled Assessment (25%)


KS5 (A Level) Post 16


In Year 13 pupils have the opportunity to study BTEC Travel and Tourism Level 2

This is a one year course that allows pupils to progress to A Level or Level 3 qualifications.


Pupils will study:


  • The UK Travel and Tourism Sector (Assessed in a written exam)
  • UK Travel and Tourism Destinations (Assessed in a written exam)




Controlled Assessment in:


  • International Tourism OR
  • Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism





Other Information e.g. Awards, extra activities etcThe Geography Department believes that providing students with the opportunities to study and engage with geography outside of the classroom are vital to enhance their overall learning experience. We therefore in the department organise a number of fieldwork opportunities in the department. These include The Giant’s Causeway, Whiterocks Beach, Roe Valley Country Park, a variety of field studies and Magilligan Field Centre.



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