GCSE Geography

Why is Geography important?

Studying geography is important because it allows us to understand what it is like living in our physical and human world. It can provide us with insight into the challenges we face everyday and how we respond to these challenges. These challenges can range from weather hazards, migration, and deforestation.

What is involved in the Geography course?

This course offers a wide variety of topics and skills. It has three examined units.

Unit 1: Living with the Physical Environment: In this unit you will study the challenges of natural hazards, from tectonic hazards to climate change. You will investigate the living world and how ecosystems, tropical rainforests and hot deserts function. Finally, you will explore the UK’s physical landscapes, including the coastal and river landscapes.

Unit 2: Challenges in the Human Environment: This unit allows you to investigate urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and resource management.

Unit 3: Geographical Application: You will be asked to apply your critical thinking and problem-solving through a task centred around a current issue. You will take part in some fieldwork, which will include physical and human study. You will also be focusing on developing your geographical skills including graphical, numerical, statistical and data skills, all of which allow you to become a good geographer.

How will you be assessed?

This course is assessed through 3 examinations. Each exam is centred around the different units of study. The first two units are examined through 1 hour and 30 minute exams and are each worth 35% of the course. The final unit, Geographical Application, is a slightly shorter exam and is worth 30% of the overall course. This includes a pre-released resources booklet, which is made available 12 weeks before you will sit the exam.

What can you do with Geography in the future?

Geographers progress into a wide variety of careers. Statistically, studying Geography at university makes you more likely to get a job than studying any other subject. This is due to the broad nature of the subject content and the wide range of skills that are developed through the study of Geography. Careers geographers enjoy including council town planning, environmental work, teaching and politics.

What do you need to do to prepare for the course?

Geography is a great subject and not just about knowing the capital cities of the world. Wider reading around physical and human issues are recommended before you join us in Year 10. You may also undertake some research into current natural disasters. What natural disasters have we recently experienced in the UK and what were the social, economic, and environmental impacts?

How do I find out more?

You can visit AQA GCSE in Geography specification, which can be found here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035/specification-at-a-glance

Need to know

You will take onboard lots of new information when studying Geography. Learning all the case studies is vital and being able to structure essays will also help you make progress, which we will support you with. A good attitude to learning and taking pride in your work are essential for success.

Student/Staff/Famous Person quote about the subject

The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.
— Sir David Attenborough