Course Outline – What will I learn?

Skills – You will develop competence in a range of skills including those used in fieldwork, in using maps and GIS and in researching secondary evidence, including digital sources; and develop their competence in applying sound enquiry and investigative approaches to questions and hypotheses (study like a geographer!)

Knowledge – You will develop and extend knowledge of locations, places, environments and processes, and of different scales including global, social, political and cultural contexts (know geographical material).

How will it be assessed?

Paper 1 – 35% of the total marks

Paper 2 – 35% of the total marks

Paper 3 – 30% of the total marks

Students are expected to complete all homework set, this can range from exam questions to key word quizzes and will vary throughout the course. Revision throughout the course is also expected therefore revision guides are useful to have alongside the notes they make in lesson. I recommend the CPG GCSE AQA Geography for the 9-1 Course Revision Guide (ISBN 978 1 78284 610 6), or the Oxford GCSE 9-1 Geography AQA Revision Guide (ISBN 978-019-842347-8)

What parents need to know

There are 2 compulsory fieldwork aspects to the course: a trip to Burbage Brook to complete rivers fieldwork and a trip to Sheffield to complete a study on Urban Regeneration. These trips will be heavily subsidised by the school and contribute to the paper 3 aspect of the course (30%).

Potential further study and careers

The nature of the subject means that those who study geography are open to a wide range of career prospects. You will find geographers working in a wide range of jobs such as town planning to travel and tourism, or in international charities and retail.

Successful completion of GCSE Geography will also allow progression to A level Geography, Geology and Biology. It also opens up a pathway to other humanities A levels such as History, Religious Studies, law, Sociology and Psychology. A GCSE on Geography could also be useful for apprenticeships such as land-based engineering or BTEC’s such as travel and tourism although it won’t always be required and the skills gained can be transferred to any aspect of further education.

Contact: E.Harden, A.Samuels, P.Lamphee on