GCSE Geography

Edexcel: GCSE Geography Specification A                                                                                                                                        OPTION SUBJECT

INTRODUCTION

Geography GCSE follows the Edexcel A GCSE Geography Specification. It is a relevant subject in society today and gives an insight into understanding the interactions between people and the environment. It is widely accepted that universities see this as one of the most versatile subject providing you with a range of skills which are relevant in today’s job market.

WHO SHOULD CONSIDER GEOGRAPHY?

Geography is a subject that has links across many other subjects including Mathematics, Sciences, English and the other Humanities subjects. It is a writing based subject which also develops statistical, cartographical and graphical skills.

COURSE CONTENT

Unit

Assessment

Duration

Weighting

1

Changing landscapes of the UK, weather and climatic hazards and ecosystems, biodiversity and management.

1½ hours

37.5%

2

Changing cities, global development and resource management.

1½ hours

37.5%

3

Geographical investigation skills and UK challenges.

1½ hours

30%

The course requires students to attend 2 - 4 days of fieldwork to complete assignments tested in Unit 3.  Currently we study the physical geography of the Dorset landscape in October of Year 10 and have an urban study (London/Brighton) planned for the beginning of Year 11.

Students also have the option to participate in the GA Worldwise Quiz team, attend lectures at the Royal Geographical Society and attend end of year Geography tours, which in the past have visited USA, Italy, Hawaii – this year the planned trip is to the Caribbean!

BEYOND GCSE - CAREER PATHWAYS

Geography is a popular choice at A level and provides a perfect accompaniment for those students studying the Sciences, English, Maths or those wishing to have a diverse range of subjects.

Students who study Geography enjoy a range of careers including engineers, environmental management, travel, conservation, research or work in commercial organisations.