Key Stage 4: Why study GCSE Geography?

If you are interested in learning about people and their societies, our effects on the natural environment and how physical features are formed, then Geography is the subject for you.

Colleges, universities and employers appreciate how organised and committed a person is if they have studied Geography. You develop a wide range of skills which can be applied to other academic courses and many jobs, and you develop a broad knowledge of the world you live in.

What will I study?

  • Human geography modules in Year 10 (population, urban environments and tourism).
  • Physical geography modules in Year 11 (tectonics, rivers and floods, and the coast).

What happens in lessons?

  • Regular discussions (in pairs, small groups and as a whole class) using visual stimulus such as DVDs, photos, maps and charts.
  • Independent tasks/note-taking for revision purposes.
  • Regular exam practice to develop exam technique.

How will I be assessed?

  • Two formal exams at the end of Year 11 worth 75%.
  • One piece of controlled assessment worth 25%.

What skills will I need?

  • Map reading and general place knowledge.
  • Photograph and diagram interpretation.
  • Literacy skills – a good quality of verbal and written communication is essential.
  • Numeracy/analytical skills – graph and chart interpretation