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Geography GCSE Specification

Qualification: GCSE (9-1)

QAN Code: TBC (awaiting accreditation) 

Level: 1 & 2

Exam Board: Edexcel

What you learn about:

At GCSE, the new specification includes looking at the changing landscapes of the UK –   including, Coastal landscapes and processes, River landscapes and processes and Glaciated upland landscapes and processes.

In addition, the topics of Weather hazards and climate change and Ecosystems, biodiversity and management have been introduced to highlight threats to the human race in the future.

The new specification also includes human geographical topics such as:

Changing cities, Global development, Resource management , Energy Resources and Water Management.

Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges.

Students will also been required to develop an understanding of fieldwork techniques and data analysis skills which will be practice in fieldwork opportunities during Year 10.

Previous field studies have included, retail studies in Liverpool, river studies in North Wales and Tourism studies in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


The Physical Environment

Written examination: 37.5% of the qualification

The Human Environment

Written examination: 37.5% of the qualification

Geographical Investigations

Written examination: 25% of the qualification—64 marks

The exam includes multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations, and 8-mark and 12-mark extended writing questions.

Other Information:

Geography is recognised as an important  element and contributing subject to the English Baccalaureate and ’Best 8’ achievement measures.

Geography is classified as a science subject in many Universities when studied at A Level.

Geography can lead to a variety of career prospects - Remember Geography is one of the most versatile subjects.