GCSE Geography

Geography is knowledge and knowledge is power. The pupils will study the impact that humans can have on the world - both positive and negative.  They will also gain an understanding of the world that we see around us through physical processes.

Social cohesion was built into language long before Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter - we're tribal by nature. Tribes today aren't the same as tribes thousand of years ago: It isn't just religious tribes or ethnic tribes now: It's sports fans, it's communities, it's geography. Peter Guber.

Course description

At Key Stage 4 (KS4) students build on the issues explored in Key Stage 3. Human topics covered explore global wealth inequalities, mega-city growth and economic imbalances within the UK. Physical topics will include coastal landforms and management, river systems, and natural hazards. The interrelationships between these two elements of geography will be considered through units on energy management and climate change.

Students studying geography will be examined in three distinct areas and students will sit all exams at the end of Year 11. Paper 1: Living with the physical environment is worth 35% of the final grade. Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment is also worth 35% of the final grade. Finally paper 3: Geographical applications is worth 30% of the final grade and questions you on your fieldtrip experiences and contains a decision making/ issue evaluation section

Throughout Key 4, we offer significant opportunities for our students to participate in fieldwork, to help bring geography to life and to extend students’ learning well beyond the classroom. Geography is a subject that delivers and develops a plethora of employability skills sought after by employers and universities alike. These include organisational, analytical skills, verbal and written communication, ICT and research skills. Geography will prepare you for almost any job or course you may wish to do in the future, ranging from international aid worker to transport planner, from accountant to conservation officer.

Exam board

  • AQA

Course code

  • GCSE Geography (8035)

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Link to past papers


Pupils will be given one formal assessment at the end of each unit of work (at least every half term), which will be completed in their progress book. At least one homework each half term will also be completed in their progress books and will act as a mid-topic checkpoint, to enable us to support and extend the students’ learning further.

Ways to help my child succeed

Encourage your child to watch the news and take an interest in places that they visit. Discuss the topics they are studying in school and encourage them to read around the topic outside of school. Please don’t hesitate to contact the department for further ideas.

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