Exam Board: Edexcel B
Why you should consider studying Geography:
The world is always changing and this new exciting GCSE syllabus gives you the chance to learn about those changes. This subject will particularly appeal to you if you want to learn and understand more about the world we live in. You will develop skills that will help you in other subjects and in employment, such as ICT and research skills and you will also complete practical work and learn through investigating.
What you will learn by studying Geography:
Global Geographical Issues
This component draws across physical and human processes and people-environment interactions to consider key contemporary global geographical issues. The component is divided into three sections:
UK Geographical Issues
This component draws across physical and human processes and people-environment interactions to consider key contemporary geographical issues for the UK. The component is divided into three sections:
Component 3: People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions Overview In this component, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions between people and environment and investigate related issues at a variety of scales. This component has three sections:
How assessment is organised:
Component 1 and 2 are each worth 37.5% of the total GCSE. Component 3 is worth 25%.
Exams: Component 1 and 2 are assessed in an exam, based on maps, photographs and diagrams which will help answer the questions. Component 3 is a decision making exam, based on a resource booklet about a geographical problem.
Fieldwork and Assessment:
Fieldwork is an essential part of Geography. As part of the GCSE one three day residential trip will take place at the end of Year 10. Unlike previously, this is assessed as part of the Component 2 Exam and not in Controlled Assessment. This does not alter the importance of this fieldwork experience.
What opportunities will a GCSE in Geography lead to?
- Geography really is an education for life.
- Employers and universities value the broad range of transferable skills that geography delivers and is therefore highly regarded.
- Geography fits neatly with other science, arts and humanities subjects
- Geography GCSE is excellent preparation for a career in planning, management, tourism, development, journalism and environmental studies to name just a few!
What skills profile a GCSE Geography student should have: Students opting for Geography should be interested in current affairs. They should also be ICT literate, able to analyse and evaluate information and have a keen interest in the world in which we live.
Famous Geographers include: Michael Palin, Prince William, Mother Teresa, Michael Jordan, Nick Hodgson from the Kaiser Chiefs, Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell
For more information, contact Mr Collinson (Head of Department), Mrs Record, Ms McMahon or Mr Hobbs.