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Why study GCSE Geography?

The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Geography explains why, and helps to prepare you for those changes. The transferable skills which geography fosters are an asset in the complex world of employment today. Geography is about the future and encourages flexible thinking. Whilst geography is a rewarding subject it requires a high degree of effort to fully appreciate the varying nature of the course. If the subject interests you and you are prepared to put in the work you will be rewarded with a fascinating two years.

What does the course involve?
The course is divided into three sections.

Physical Geography
Students investigate the challenge of natural hazards in the living world, physical landscapes of the United Kingdom and human interaction with them. This unit develops an understanding of the tectonic, geomorphological, biological and meteorological processes and features in different environments. It provides students with the knowledge about the need for management strategies governed by sustainability and consideration of the direct and indirect effects of human interaction with the Earth and the atmosphere. 

Human Geography
This unit is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. Students will develop an understanding of the factors that produce a diverse variety of human environments; the dynamic nature of these environments that change over time and place; the need for sustainable management; and the areas of current and future challenge and opportunity for these environments. 

Geographical Skills and Fieldwork Investigation
The focus of this unit is for students to carry out independent research, fieldwork and analysis of results. The students will complete two fieldwork projects based on the Physical and Human Geography options and will use these findings to prepare for the paper 3 examination. This is worth 30% of the final grade. Last year students completed their fieldwork in the Isle of Wight as part of a four day residential. The trip has been provisionally booked for next year.

How will the skills that I develop help me in my future career?
“So many employers prize the knowledge and skills that studying geography can provide, be it knowing how the world works, planning research and report writing, working in a team, using new technologies and communication skills – and much more. You will find geographers working in a wide range of jobs, from the City to planning, working in the environment to travel and tourism, or in international charities or retail.” Sir Michael Palin.

How will I be assessed?
You’ll have three written exams. Papers 1 and 2 are 1 hour 30 minutes long and together, they contribute to 70% of your final mark. Paper 3 is 1 hour 15 minutes and contributes to the final 30% of your GCSE grade.

Who do I need to contact?
For more information, please email Mrs Flanagan-Graham - or Mr Payne - or Miss Fullwood -