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GCSE Geography

Geography helps to make sense of the world around you.  The current GCSE course is a good mix of topics such as urban issues, world development, extreme environments, rivers and hazards- to name but a few.  The course will give you the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions which affect our world, and understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes which shape and change our planet.  Fieldwork is a really important part of geography.  There is an opportunity for all students to investigate local issues in Cambridge and to assess the effectiveness of sea defences in Sheringham.  Some GCSE students also have the chance to explore further afield in our abroad residential.  All trips will be a brilliant and fun opportunity to experience some of the things learnt in the classroom.  Our GCSE students have been extremely successful with 73% of students last year achieving grades 9-4 and 32% of students achieving grades 9-7 compared to the national average of 65% and 24%, respectively.

Geography has a large overlap with many other subjects due to the transferable skills that are developed through studying it. These skills include but are not limited to; communication, decision making, analytical skills, the ability to evaluate data and being versatile to work in different environments.  These are attributable to why Geography is one of the most employable subjects at degree level.

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We recommend the following materials to assist with GCSE Geography revision:

Living with the physical environment

The challenge of natural hazards
The living world
Physical landscapes in the UK
Geographical skills

Paper 1
Written exam: 1 hour
30 minutes
88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG)
35 % of GCSE

 

 

Challenges in the human environment
Urban issues and challenges
The changing economic world
The challenge of resource management
Geographical skills

Paper 2
Written exam: 1 hour
30 minutes
88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG)
35 % of GCSE

 

Geographical applications
Issue evaluation
Fieldwork
Geographical skills

 

Paper 3
Written exam: 1 hour
15 minutes
76 marks (including 6 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG)
30 % of GCSE

 

The table attached below is a breakdown of the units studied at GCSE and the format of the assessments.