GCSE Geography

Subject: Geography
Qualification Type: GCSE
Exam Board: EDEXCEL A
Subject Leader: R Travis

Course Description

This course follows the government’s changes to the GCSE provision. A broader range of topics are now included, such as the geology and ecosystems of the UK to the impact of globalisation. There has also been a move to 2 field work visits rather than 1, which ensures all students can understand and interact with the environment around them.

From the effects of rivers and coasts on the landscape, to resource management and changing cities, this interesting and relevant GCSE allows students to access and understand the world around them through both knowledge and skills.

Assessment Format#

37.5% The Physical environment – 1 hour 30 minutes

Changing landscapes, River landscapes, Coastal landscapes, Weather Hazards and Climate change, Ecosystems and Biodiversity

37.5% The Human environment – 1 hour 30 minutes

Resource management and Energy, Changing Cities, Global development

25% Geographical Investigations – 1 hour 30 minutes

Fieldwork: Coasts and Urban area, Challenges of the UK

Possible Progression (Careers/Further Study)

In the words of Michael Palin

“Choosing geography at school can open the doors to a university degree, either specifically in geography or by combining geography with other A Levels to gain a place on a degree programme in another subject. An A Level in geography is recognised for its academic ‘robustness’ and, most importantly, it also helps young people into the world of work.”

The world we live in is connected and changing more rapidly than ever – the geography GCSE is based on these important and topical issues, relating to you, your world, environment and decisions. It enhances life-long transferable skills such as team work, empathy, global citizenship and problem-solving. All are high on employer’s expectations. During the course students will study the following geographical topics, studying them on local, national and global scales to deepen your understanding of your world:

The broad nature of knowledge and skills at GCSE makes this a great path to move into a range of A level or more vocational courses, such as A Level Geography and BTEC travel and tourism, Geography graduates have some of the highest employment rate amongst graduates of all degree subjects.