Geography, as one of the founding subjects of the School’s first curriculum one hundred and ninety nine years ago, still thrives today. The globes presented to the school in 1808 reflect the significance that Mill Hill has always placed on its interconnections. The spatial significance is maintained in a school with a boarding tradition which draws students from various UK and World locations.

At GCSE pupils follow the AQA A Specification which is split in to two papers sat at the end of Year 11. The Specification adopted for examination is AQA. It is from the new generation of linear specifications introduced for first teaching from September 2016. It has been designed to be stimulating, imaginative and flexible and is comprised of three units:

Living with the physical environment

  • Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
  • Section B: Physical landscapes in the UK
  • Section C: The living world

Assessment for this unit: 1 hour 30 minute examination paper. (35% of overall grade)

Challenges in the human environment

  • Section A: Urban issues and challenges
  • Section B: The changing economic world
  • Section C: The challenge of resource management

Assessment for this unit: 1 hour 30 minute examination paper. (35% of overall grade)

Geographical applications

  • Section A: Issue evaluation
  • Section B: Fieldwork

Assessment for this unit: 1 hour 15 minute examination paper. (30% of overall grade)

At A-Level pupils will follow the CIE International A Level specification. During their AS year they take six topics as part of their AS examination. Topics being covered include:

  • Hydrology and fluvial geomorphology
  • Atmosphere and weather
  • Rocks and weathering
  • Population
  • Migration
  • Settlement dynamics

During the Upper Sixth, pupils will study the following topics:

Physical Geography
Two from
  • Hazardous environments
  • Coastal environments
  • Tropical environments
  • Hot arid and semi-arid environments
Human Geography
Two from
  • Global interdependence
  • Economic transition
  • Production, location and change
  • Environmental management

The department currently runs a residential trip for all Lower Sixth students to the Yorkshire Dales to look at fluvial processes.

Outside the syllabus pupils are encouraged to take part on Geography Society activities such as building an exploding volcano or attending tutorials on issues such as epidemiology. In October 2014 the department ran a major trip to Iceland where pupils swam in the Blue Lagoon, straddled the Mid Atlantic Ridge and watched exploding geysers. This is due to be repeated in October 2016.

Iceland Trip 2016

Following the success of the first Sixth Form Field Trip to Iceland in 2014, the Geography department took 26 pupils over the October Half Term in 2016. The pupils were shown the diversity of the country but visiting towering waterfalls, beautiful glaciers and many tectonic features such as geysers and the mid-Atlantic Ridge. All of this was topped off with a trip to the Blue Lagoon. Look out for the next trip in October 2018!

Links to curriculum guides