Geography GCSE

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

What is the GCSE about?

Geography is a relevant, hands on subject that helps you to make sense of the world around you. Michael Palin recently said that Geography “..... broadens the mind. That’s one obvious thing, but also I think it just helps us to understand how other countries are the way they are, and this is really very important in just helping us to realise that we all share the same planet and we should know more about what makes us different as well as what makes us similar.

At GCSE level a vast variety of topics are studied across both human and physical geography that help to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today. Geography GCSE will deepen your understanding of geographical processes, the impact of complex people-environment interactions, the dynamic links between places and environments, and develop your ability to use a wide range of geographical investigative skills and approaches. Geographers are also able to demonstrate a range of skills including statistical skills, ICT skills (including GIS), and graphical skills. Geography enables you to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens.

What does the GCSE consist of?

  • Hazardous Earth (Climate Change & Geophysical Hazards)
  • Development Dynamics
  • Challenges of an Urbanizing World
  • The UK’s evolving physical landscape
  • The UK’s evolving human landscape
  • Geographical Investigations (Fieldwork)
  • People and the Biosphere
  • Forests under threat
  • Consuming energy resources

Whom does the subject suit?

The subject will suit anyone who has an enquiring mind about the world around them. What skills should I have? Skills which make for a good geographer include organisation, good literacy and numeracy or a willingness to improve these, being ready to state what you think based on evidence, being willing to work and discuss your learning with other pupils and a readiness to ask questions about your learning.

What might the subject lead to?

There are lots of geography related careers. Before being a teacher Mr McFarlane was a meteorologist and worked in international development. Other options could be flood management, conservation, tourism and travel, urban planning, policy advisor on climate change, GIS analyst or cartographer.

What trips are involved?

There are two days of fieldwork, one to a physical environment such as a coast or river and one to a human environment such as a city.

What else should I consider before choosing?

For more information you can look at the following websites

Choose Geography

Going Places with Geography

What books should I read?

You will be given a textbook for the course but you will also be encouraged to keep up to date with geographical stories in the news, to access the geography section in the library as well as the online journals on the library website. Who will teach me? You will be taught by either Mr McFarlane of Mr Haviland.