About the course
Have you ever watched the television and said “we’ve just done that in Geography!” Well, if you want to know how the earth works and how it changes peoples’ lives then GCSE Geography is for you. The course follows on naturally from Key Stage 3. In fact pupils in lower school have already been studying GCSE material in a spiraled curriculum. The GCSE course involves the study of important current issues which appear in the news such as: earthquakes, hurricanes, climate change, immigration and how our lives are affected by changes in the world economy.
Who would this course suit?
Geography is suitable for all students who have an interest in the world around them. Students need to be able to look at features and situations and be able to ask who, what, where, how and why? To do this, students should be able to describe and interpret photographs, graphs and of course maps – Geography is about places! Students should also enjoy studying outside the classroom as fieldwork is an important element of GCSE Geography.
How is this course taught and assessed? What can you do with this qualification?
Major topics include: the destructive power of natural hazards including volcanoes and earthquakes; how rivers and the sea produce natural landforms and cause flooding; how the world’s business and trade affects the wealth of people and countries; where people live and why they move – including why people from other countries have been attracted to the UK; how urban areas grow and change in response to our needs. All topics will be examined at the end of Year 11 and account for 100% of the total mark. Within the exam papers will be sections on fieldwork which will be undertaken during Year 10 and Year 11. This is a change from the traditional format pupils would complete coursework in lesson time.
GCSE Geographers can continue to study at 16+ by taking A level Geography and this course provides an excellent foundation for students who wish to do this. It can also open doors for careers in: Travel, Tourism, Leisure and Culture; Environment Studies and Development and Global Issues.
Famous Geographers include Prince William, Amy Macdonald, Michael Jordan and Olympic gold medalists Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell. GCSE Geography is also a good subject to give you balance with your other KS4 subjects.