GCSE Geography

Our aim is to give you the knowledge and geographical skills to gain an understanding of the complexities of the modern world.

If you want to know why 20% of the world’s population own 80% of the world’s wealth, why wildfires are becoming more common, when oil will run out, what is happening to Antarctica and the answers to hundreds of other topical, relevant questions choose Geography! 

Rather than focusing exclusively on the many problems we face in the 21st century, GCSE Geography will provide you with an understanding of how these issues can be tackled and conflicts resolved.

 As well as learning to use maps you will develop your ICT, literacy, numeracy, communication and presentation skills.  You will learn to analyse data, identify bias, form and express informed decisions about contemporary issues and improve your decision-making skills. 

What work will I be expected to produce?
Students will be studying the AQA GCSE Geography specification and will study the following units:

The challenge of natural hazards, the living world (tropical rainforest and cold environment options), physical landscapes in the UK (rivers and coasts options), challenges in the human environment, urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management

Students will complete two local fieldwork investigations (one physical, and one human geography):

Has the regeneration of the Brindley Place area been successful?

How does the Quinny Brook change downstream?

There are three examinations at the end of Year 11:

Paper 1:  Living with the physical environment (1½ hours, 35% of the GCSE marks)

Paper 2:  Challenges in the human environment (1½ hours, 35% of the GCSE marks)

Paper 3 Geographical applications (1¼ hours, 30% of the GCSE marks); this paper examines the ability of students to evaluate a geographical issue, their knowledge of their two local fieldwork investigations, and their geographical skills (fieldwork, map, graphical and statistical).

Contact: Mr. Napper, Subject Leader for Geography