What will I study in Geography?
The full details of every GCSE course are given in the exam board’s ‘specification’, see weblinks at the bottom of this page.
Groups and Assessment
Students are taught in mixed ability groups.
Students are formatively assessed on a half termly basis where they complete a full practise past paper on the unit of learning they have been studying for that half term. Throughout classwork and homework, practise exam questions are embedded into lessons to ensure students know the type of questions to expect.
There are two tiers for this course, higher and foundation. Students taking the higher tier examinations are tested on more material, are presented with more challenging questions and may be awarded grades A*- D or a U grade. Students taking the foundation tier can gain grades C- U, but the questions are not as challenging and are more structured. For full details click on the ‘specification’ at the bottom of this page.
Controlled Assessment and Final Examinations
Controlled assessment counts towards 25% of the overall grade and is a field work based enquiry. For the last few years, students have gone to either Newlands Corner or Windsor to investigate the impacts of tourism. Students complete a full enquiry in the summer term of Year 10 and the start of the autumn term in Year 11.
There are 3 final examinations at the end of Year 11:
Paper 1 – Geographical Skills and Challenges. 1 hour in length and worth 25% of the overall grade. Students are asked questions about map reading and graph work and also explore the causes, consequences and responses to climate change and explain the concept of sustainability around the world. Spelling, punctuation and grammar is assessed in this paper.
Paper 2 – The Natural Environment. 1 hour 15 minutes in length and worth 25% of the overall grade. Students are asked three fifteen mark questions on Coasts, Rivers and Plate Tectonics and a twenty mark question on Watery World. Spelling, punctuation and grammar is assessed in this paper.
Paper 3 – The Human Environment. 1 hour 15 minutes in length and worth 25% of the overall grade. Students are asked three fifteen mark questions on Population Change, Economic Change and Settlement Change and a twenty mark question on Moving World. Spelling, punctuation and grammar is assessed in this paper.
Enrichment opportunities, visits and trips
Combined with the compulsory fieldwork day in the summer term, there is also the opportunity to visit the Bay of Naples to explore Pompeii, Vesuvius and the other volcanic sites of the Bay of Naples.
Where this Qualification Leads
This GCSE course provides students with a good foundation knowledge for the demands of A Level Geography and provides students with a flavour of the type of learning for the other humanities subjects. Geography is a subject which has strong links with many careers including town planning, risk management, teaching, digital mapping, conservation worker, advertising, surveyor, cartographer, tourism, civil service.
Weblinks, Resources and Revision Help
Exam Board and Specification
Exam Board: Edexcel