The GCSE Geography course provides the opportunity for students to understand more about the world, the challenges it faces and their place within it. Fieldwork forms a crucial part of the course and therefore there are numerous opportunities to study outside of the classroom. This includes completing ecosystem projects in the school grounds, environmental quality surveys on Barnstaple high street, investigations into tourism and coastal management at Westward Ho! and even undertaking a climate change workshop within the tropical rainforest biome of the Eden Project! 




    Living with the physical environment

  • The challenge of natural hazards: earthquakes, tropical storms, extreme weather and climate change

  • The living world: ecosystems, tropical rainforests and hot deserts

  • Physical landscapes in the UK; rivers and coasts

  • Challenges in the human environment

  • Urban issues and challenges: a study of Mumbai and Bristol

  • The changing economic world: a study of Nigeria and the UK

  • Resource management: a study of how food is shared and managed globally

  • Geographical applications

  • Issue evaluation: a decision making exercise

  • Fieldwork: two local investigations



Three written papers at the end of Year 11. 

  • Living with the physical environment  (35% of total marks)

  • Challenges in the human environment  (35% of total marks) 

  • Geographical applications (30% of total marks) 

Extended writing is a requirement, with the highest scoring question worth 12 marks.  10% of the total marks comes from Maths questions.



Students will be able to go on to study Geography at A-Level and beyond. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained from studying Geography are held in high regard by colleges, employers and universities.

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