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Year 9:

In Year 9 the course develops an understanding of Geography by examining current issues such as migration in the European Union, the effects of natural hazards, climate change and the effects of coastal erosion.  Wherever possible, case studies are used to provide greater depth of understanding.

Year 10 & Year 11:

Course Leader: Miss Todd

Is this the right subject for me?

Do you want to:

  • learn about and understand the world you live in?
  • develop research and ICT skills?
  • learn through investigating?
  • complete fieldwork away from the classroom?
  • develop understanding about the issues which face the planet in the 21st Century?

If the answer is yes then geography is definitely the subject for you!

What will I learn?

Unit 1: Global Geographical Issues

You will study physical processes such as plate tectonics and the impact of tropical storms, and learn about a rapidly developing country. This links with a study of a megacity in a developing or emerging economy.

Unit 2: UK Geographical Issues

You will study the UK’s evolving physical landscape, such as river and coastal environments and erosional processes.

You will also focus on the UK’s human landscape, studying two major UK cities, learning about their economy, issues,  differences within them and methods  employed to manage these issues. One of these will be Newcastle. You will also study the UK’s rural landscape.

In this unit you will complete two pieces of fieldwork.  One will be in a physical environment and the other in a city location.

Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions
In this unit you will study three topics.  People and the biosphere focuses on the interactions between people and their environment; forests under threat lets you investigate the issues threatening the world’s tropical and taiga forests; consuming energy resources focuses on the need to find a more balanced energy mix.
The skills you learn from these topics will be examined in a decision-making exercise, where you study a specific topic, such as oil in the Arctic, in detail. It will teach you how to make decisions based on the evidence provided.
How will I be assessed?

In Units 1 and 2 exam papers are resource-based,  with maps, photographs and diagrams to help you answer the questions. 

In Unit 2 you will be asked questions about the two pieces of fieldwork which you will undertake. Units 1 and 2 are 1 hour 30 minute exams and are each worth 37.5% of the GCSE course.

Unit 3 also has short and extended writing questions but also has a decision-making exercise.  This will consist of a coloured resource booklet on a geographical issue or location.  Your teacher will work with you, developing the skills you need to answer these questions.  This is a 1 hour 15 minute exam, worth 25% of the GCSE. This GCSE will be graded using the new 9-1 scale.

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

A GCSE in Geography is excellent preparation for a career in town planning, environmental law, journalism, politics, tourism and resource management.