Geography GCSE

Geography GCSE 2022-03-15T12:02:53+00:00

Geography GCSE

What will you study?

Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. Fieldwork is undertaken at the coast with a residential visit to Norfolk and a day trip to study regeneration in London.


Geography is a broad subject, respected in higher education and business as it combines many skills including statistical analysis, problem solving and presenting clearly structured written responses. Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment, pursuing a wide range of career paths. It’s often said that there is no such thing as a geography job; rather there are multiple jobs that geographers do. Geography can lead to careers architecture, environmental health, local government, tourism and leisure services, sports research, retailing, town centre management, travel agent, charity work, energy conservation, law and government.

The Course

You will learn in the following ways:

  • Compulsory fieldwork in two contrasting locations
  • Developing your ideas and forming conclusions through problem solving and decision-making exercises
  • Critical thinking using a variety of sources such as, news articles, aerial photographs, satellite images and statistics and GIS (Geographical information systems)

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed in class by your teacher to monitor your progress through quizzing and mid unit assessments. Exam practice is built into every lesson to support students in their exam technique. The GCSE grade is awarded based on 3 formal exams at the end of Year 11.

This will consist of 3 papers:
Paper 1 – Living with the physical environment1 hour 30 minutes37.5% of GCSE
Paper 2 – Challenges in the human environment1 hour 30 minutes37.5% of GCSE
Paper 3 – Geographical applications (Fieldwork and Decision making exercise)1 hour 30 minutes25% of GCSE