Geography and BTEC Travel & Tourism

Geography at Goole Academy


The Geography department aims to provide a curriculum that is varied, stimulating and able to cater for students of all abilities. The teaching team is highly committed and works hard to ensure that lessons are interesting and engaging to ensure the progress of every student.



At Key Stage 3 students study Geography for two (1 hour) lessons per week. The school year is divided into several units with tests taking place at the end of each unit of work. The units look at a range of physical and human aspects of Geography and how contemporary events influence and are influenced by them.


At Key Stage 4 students study Geography for three (1 hour) lessons per week. Geography is a very popular option at Key Stage 4. We follow the AQA GCSE syllabus. The units cover contemporary aspects of physical and human Geography, along with specific work to develop geographical and cartographic skills. Fieldwork is a strong element in our GCSE course with fieldtrips to Burbage Brook in Derbyshire and Bridlington.

The course is split into four units

1.       Living with the physical environment

This unit is concerned with physical processes and systems, their dynamic nature and human interaction with them at a range of scales and in a range of places.

Section A: The challenge of natural hazards

Section B: Physical landscapes in the UK

Section C: The living world

2.       Challenges in the human environment

This unit is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. They are studied in a range of places, at a variety of scales and must include places in various states of development.

Section A: Urban issues and challenges

Section B: The changing economic world

Section C: The challenge of resource management

3.       Geographical applications

Section A: Issue evaluation

Section B: Fieldwork

4.       Geographical skills

Geography students develop a wide range of skills and are used to dealing with facts and figures, maps, ideas, views, values with the use of ICT. Geography’s wide range of topical content helps to make Geography students flexible in the way they think and work, preparing them well for the world of work.


BTEC First Award in Travel and Tourism at Goole Academy

Learner profile

The BTEC First Award in Travel and Tourism has been developed in consultation with employers and teaching professionals, BTEC Firsts are designed for Level 2 learners, and are equivalent to GCSEs.  
The course is suitable for learners needing an engaging introduction to life and work in a vocational sector. A successful BTEC First learner demonstrates the high standards of knowledge, practical skills and understanding required for further study and employment.

What you learn

BTECs Firsts are divided into:

Core or mandatory units:

Unit 1: The UK Travel and Tourism Sector

Unit 2: UK Travel and Tourism Destinations

Optional specialist units:

Unit 4: International Travel and Tourism Destinations

Unit 5: Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism

Each unit covers a specific area of knowledge, skills and understanding required by the sector.  
Every BTEC First learner will study the mandatory units, ensuring all students gain a solid foundation through a broad understanding and knowledge of the sector.  Along with a range of optional units and pathways that support progression to further study, an apprenticeship or into employment.

  1. The opportunity to measure progress on a continuous basis (as you do in the workplace)
  2. The rigour of external benchmarking expected by employers and higher education institutions