Geography GCSE

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Geography developed so many important skills which I have now used in other areas.  I also loved the field trips; they were my best school days.

Ideal Student: 

Students with a genuine interest in the world in which they live 
and who want to have the skills required to live in this changing society. Those with good literacy and analytical skills who have made good progress throughout Key Stage 3.  Recommended entry requirement is a 5 or above in all core subjects

Course Outline: 

The course is divided into three modules. In June, students will sit two 
examinations, both one hour and half in length, on units 1 and 2. These two units are a study 
of physical and human Geography. The physical unit world, looks at issues such as earthquakes, volcanoes, ecosystems and river environments. The second unit, human geography, is a study of population challenges, such as overcrowding and rapid urbanisation in Less Economically Developed Countries and how these problems could be addressed. The third module is tourism - the growth of the industry and a study of case studies from a range of different countries. In June, students complete a controlled assessment which is a fieldwork investigation on a chosen topic. This fieldwork is based on a field trip that students attend. A second trip to Sheffield, is also included in December as part of the human geography topic.

Teaching and Learning Style: 

Students will take part in a range of learning activities including: active learning, discussion and coursework.


The GCSE syllabus is comprised of 3 sections all assessed through exams.
Paper 1: Living with the physical environment.
Students will study;
•Natural hazards, including earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms, extreme weather and climate change.
•Physical landscapes, including coastal processes and river landscapes.
•The living world, including tropical rainforests and hot deserts.
These topics will be assessed through a 1 hour 30 mins examination worth 35% of the GCSE
Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment.
Students will study;
•Urban issues and challenges, including the growth of urban areas and challenges in cites
•The changing economic world, including development and the development gap.
•The challenge of resource management including the demand for water and the issues with its supply
These topics will be assessed through a 1 hour 30 mins examination worth 35% of the GCSE

Paper 3: Geographical applications.
•Section A is an issue evaluation. The issue will be available from 15th March in the year of the exam (2018) and students’ will have the opportunity to work through the resources and become familiar with the topic. They will then be asked a series of questions related to the contemporary geographical issue.
•Section B is fieldwork. Students’ will undertake 2 fieldwork enquiries. One human and one physical. They will then be assessed through and exam in the following two ways;
•Questions based on the use of fieldwork materials from an unfamiliar context.
•Questions based on the students’ individual enquiry work.
These topics will be assessed through a 1 hour examination worth 30% of the GCSE

Extra Curricular Opportunities: 

A two day residential trip, fieldwork in Sheffield and the Peak District and outside speakers.

Complementary Courses: 

Other Humanities options, Drama, English and Technology.