Key Stage







Valid for

2018 - 2019







Course Content & Assessment

GCSE Geography is a subject that introduces a range of skills useful at Post-16 and at university level.
It covers a variety of topics, both physical and human, all of which are relevant to the dynamic world in which we live. Students will have a chance to study contemporary issues, ranging from earthquakes and cyclones to resource management and urban challenges.
Studying GCSE Geography offers students the opportunity to develop:
Up-to-date knowledge of physical changes and human challenges to the world
Graph and map skills
Numerical and statistical skills
Data collection and fieldwork techniques

100% written examination in three units:
Paper 1: Natural hazards, Rivers & Coasts, Living World
Paper 2: Urban issues & challenges, Changing economic world, Resource management
Paper 3: Issue evaluation (from pre-release), Human & Physical Geography fieldwork

In year 10 students study a range of physical geography topics including tectonic hazards, rivers and coasts. The focus of study is on patterns and processes associated with each topic and the impact the physical environment can have on people and settlements. During the summer term students focus their attentions on the controlled assessment which is based on the coastal environment. Students apply their knowledge from their coasts topic on a field trip and then write up their investigation under controlled conditions. In year 11, the students focus on human geography topics including population change, tourism and globalisation. The common theme here is the connections between different countries through migration, transnational corporations and tourism in different areas of the world.

I chose to take Geography at GCSE level because I was interested in learning about both Physical Geography and Human Geography. I was enthusiastic about the opportunity to take part in fieldwork and I enjoyed our day trip to Swanage. This required me to collect data as part of a team and it was good to be putting the theory into practice. Through studying Geography I have developed many skills, including interpretation and analysis of graphs. I was selected to represent the school at a Geography Inter school competition. This was a challenging and rewarding experience especially as our team came joint second! I plan to continue studying this subject at A-Level as it combines well with other subjects and I really enjoy it. Anna Parnum – Wessex House

Entry Criteria & Progression

Students wishing to take Geography at A-level will need to obtain a 6 grade at GCSE in Geography.