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GCSE Geography

"The world belongs to me because I understand it" - Honore de Balzac

Vision Statement

Curriculum Details

The GCSE course has three sections:
1. Physical Geography - this involves studying geomorphology, hydrology (rivers), coastal dynamics, ecosystems, meteorology (weather) and climate change.
2. Human Geography - this involves studying urban (towns and cities) change, global development and resource management (energy and water needs).
3. Geographical Investigations - this involves composing two pieces of fieldwork, which are designed and carried out by the students.

Curriculum Overview

The GCSE course is structured over Years 10 and 11 to allow the students to study the units (roughly one
each term) and to allow for examination revision and preparation time.
The examination is composed of 3 papers and these are detailed below:
Paper 1: The Physical Environment - 1 hour 30 minutes (37.5% of Qualification). This examines
students on the Physical Aspects of the course outlined above. Paper 2: The Human Environment - 1 Hour 30 minutes (37.5% of Qualification). This examines
students on the Human Aspects of the course outlined above.
Paper 3: Geographical Investigations (Fieldwork and UK Challenges). Pupils carry out fieldwork in
two contrasting locations and are then examined on data collecting techniques, analysing trends and
investigating patterns of change in the world around them.
One key theme that runs throughout the course is that study of each section of the course centres around
learning case studies (examples) from around the world.

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