GCSE Geography

Qualification Type:GCSE
Exam Board:EDEXCEL (a)
Subject Leader:R Travis

Course Description

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:

  • Natural Environment – Rivers, Coasts, Tectonics, and Wasteful world–
  • Human Environment – Tourism, Population, Settlement and Economic Development
  • Skills and Challenges - Geographical skills such the analysis of maps, GIS, , satellite images, graphs, in addition to challenged such as global warming and deforestation

Assessment Format

  • Natural Environments – 25% examination
  • Human Environment – 25% examination
  • Geographical skills and Challenges – 25% examination
  • Controlled Assessment – 25% completed in lesson time

Possible Progression (including careers and further education)

Geographical skills are interchangeable and therefore support students in a wide range of potential careers. Purely geographic routes include: Environmental education officer, meteorologist, climate scientist, hydrographic surveyor, teacher, park wardens. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) employs geography graduates as research analysts, and the Police Service offers civilian careers in intelligence analysis and research. Companies also recruit geography graduates as trainee account executives, with responsibility for developing knowledge of their clients‟ accounts and understanding their research needs.

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