GCSE Geography

Why should I study geography?

In geography, you are able to learn about all the amazing physical processes that operate on this planet. For example, how tropical storms, earthquakes and volcanoes are created and why they only affect certain areas of the planet. Or how floods occur in the UK.

You will investigate vital issues, such as the causes and effects of climate change – and whether they are all negative. We also look at why some countries are more developed than others and what can be done to reduce the development gap between the rich and poor nations of the world. Geography is a current, ever-changing subject that allows you to gain an understanding of the world you're living in.

What will I study?

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • Physical Landscapes
  • Resource Management
  • Changing Economic World
  • Natural Hazards

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Are there any field trips or enrichment opportunities?

There are two trips during the course. The first is to Stratford-upon-Avon to investigate the effects of tourism and the second is to Ashes Hollow to investigate how a river changes downstream. These are written up as ‘mini-courseworks’ in preparation for the questions on the students' own fieldwork found on Paper 3.

How will I be assessed?

The exam board for geography is AQA (GCSE 9-1) and assessment is 100% by examination at the end of the two-year course. This is broken down into three papers, as detailed below.

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment

  • Topics covered: Challenge of Natural Hazards, The Living World, and Physical landscapes in the UK
  • Exam duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Worth 35% of final mark

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment

  • Topics covered: Urban issues and Challenges, Changing Economic World, and Challenge of Resource Management
  • Exam duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Worth 35% of final mark

Paper 3: Geographical Applications

  • Issue evaluation, fieldwork
  • Exam duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Worth 30% of final mark

What are the next steps?

Should you wish to choose geography, you will need to add it as the main choice in the Option 2 box. If you have any further questions about this course, please contact our Teacher of Geography, Mr Pope, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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