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GCSE Geography


• To develop knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the relevance of these concepts to our changing world

• To develop a framework of spatial awareness in which to appreciate the importance of the location of places and environments from local to global

• To develop an awareness of the differences and similarities between peoples’ views of the world, its environments, societies and cultures

• To develop an awareness of our responsibilities as global citizens and recognise how they can contribute to a future that is sustainable and inclusive

• To develop the use of geographical skills, appropriate technologies, enquiry and analysis

• To apply learning to the real world through fieldwork


Students take the Edexcel A GCSE Geography course. It is now a linear course, with three external examinations in June.  Students will also complete a piece of coursework in which they must meet the 2000 word limit.

Unit 1: Geographical Skills & Challenges (examined in June – 1 hour tiered exam)

  • Geographical Skills including:
  • Map-work
  • Drawing graphs
  • Analysing and interpreting data including photographs and ICT
  • Methods of collecting and presenting data.
  • Challenges for the Planet including:
  • Causes, effects and responses to climate change
  • Sustainable development for the planet.
  • The skills unit will help the candidates with their course work and will build upon techniques used in Geography since Year 7

Unit 2: The National Environment (examined in June – 1 hour 15 minutes tiered exam)

  • Physical Geography

      Coastal Landscapes

      River Landscapes

      Tectonic Landscapes

  •   Environmental Issues

       A Wasteful World

Unit 3: The Human Environment (examined in June – 1 hour 15 minutes tiered exam)

  • Human Geography

    Economic Change

    Settlement Change

    Population Change

  • People Issues

A Tourist’s world

Unit 4: Investigating Geography (25%)

    • Coursework with controlled assessment based on practical fieldwork
    • This is in the form of one investigation. 
    • The total amount of coursework submitted should normally be 2000 words; candidates must use ICT at appropriate points.
    • The high quality of work produced helps them to achieve high grades in the GCSE.
    • The required data is collected at the River Chess at Rickmansworth.
    • The write up is completed in class and as homework, although there is a controlled assessment element.


    • Edexcel Syllabus A
    • ONE piece of coursework based on field work.  Most of this will be completed in lesson time.  Together they are worth 25%.
    • THREE written exam papers at the end of the course - Paper 1, 2 & 3 all worth 25% each
    • Coursework is completed under guidance from teachers and is done well in advance of the written papers and under controlled assessment at certain points.
    • As a department we have many years of experience teaching.  We have found the exams to be straight forward, producing many excellent results.



      GCSE Geography is relevant and interesting, examining issues and conflicts. It helps to foster an understanding of the world around us. It provides the foundation for the A-Level course, which bridges the arts and the sciences, giving a great flexibility for higher education courses.

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