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Prince William School

KS5 curriculum

This qualification is now studied as a full two year course. During this time we study a range of physical and human topics. We start Year 12 with a unit of coastal systems. This is followed by a compulsory unit on the Earth’s Life Support Systems (carbon and water cycles). This is followed by a unit of Changing Spaces, Making Places and Global Connections which both explore human aspects of the world in which we live. The next unit we undertake is student driven. This is an independent investigation written by the students. In the final section we consider debate papers, these ask students to consider arguments around areas such as hazards and disease.

Exam structure/weightings

The main weighting for the qualification comes from the debate paper where the two topic areas contribute 36% of the marks in a 2½ hour paper. There are two equally weighted (22%) and timed (1½ hour) papers, considering the physical and human parts of the course. The last 20% comes from the independent investigation.

Career Opportunities

There are many career possibilities with qualifications in Geography. For those with a geography degree there are direct career paths such as in town and transport planning and management, surveying, environmental consultancy, sustainability, development, tourism, energy futures, and conservation. Geography has many transferable skills which opens doors into careers such as finance, marketing, research, IT and project management.

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A program of revision is set based on the cohort about to take exams and their needs. These can take the form of after-school revision, personalised activities, resources on the school’s YouTube channel and one-to-one sessions to improve revision and exam technique.


Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Cycle 3

Cycle 4 

Cycle 5

Cycle 6

Year 12


Earth’s life support system

Changing spaces, making places



Human rights

Year 13

World cities

Weather and climate

Contemporary conflicts





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