Geography is a demanding but very rewarding GCSE. Students need to be prepared to work hard and put three years’ worth of effort into the course. Geography is a solid academic subject, well respected by universities and
potential employers. It is one of the five subjects which form the English Baccalaureate qualification.
The Edexcel GCSE Geography course is a modern issues-based course that will help you understand how and why the world is constantly changing and the challenges that we all face for survival in the 21st century, such as climate change and sustainability.
Geography is fascinating because it is all around us: an unavoidable and ever changing part of every day life—and the daily life of everyone else in the world. It has something to offer everyone who has an interest in the workings of our planet and the people who live on it.
Areas of Study
At GCSE there are 3 Key Geographical Themes.
- Global Geographical Issues (Hazardous Earth: Development dynamics; Challenges of an urbanising world)
- UK Geographical Issues (The UK’s evolving physical landscape – including sub-Coastal change River processes and pressures. The UK’s evolving human landscape – including a Case Study – Dynamic UK cities. Geographical investigations – including one physical fieldwork investigation and one human fieldwork investigation)
- People and Environmental Issues (People and the Biosphere, Forests Under Threat, Consuming energy resources.
Geography is unique as it offers opportunities to conduct fieldwork investigations in and around the local area. This will develop skills in areas such as:
- Data Collection, presentation and analysis
- Statistical analysis
- Group work skills
- Map reading.
In addition to this, the course will also develop the following skills:
- Thinking skills
- Extended writing
- Information Communication Technology
- Decision making
- Global perspectives.
At Key Stage 4 you will study a variety of different topic areas in depth. You will develop skills in research, debate and engaging with ideas and arguments critically. You will learn how to become an independent learner who can produce extended pieces of writing, and speak about a range of different topics, both accurately and confidently.