GCSE Geography: Year 11

Our current Year 11 students are studying the following GCSE course:

Course Content

The course covers 3 units; Sustainable Decision Making, Geographical Enquiry and Key Geographical Themes.

The key themes include; Rivers and Coasts, Population and Settlement, Natural hazards, Economic development.

Subject Skills

  • Written technique will require writing extended passages
  • Graphic skills including map work and a variety of statistical techniques will be needed
  • Research, recording and reporting will use traditional and ICT resources
  • Fieldwork will be an essential part of the course.  This will be within the local area.

Tiers

The GCSE is accessed at two tiers. The Foundation Tier is limited to grades 4-1, the Higher Tier is limited to grades 9 – 3.

Coursework

Controlled Assessment’ (25% of total marks) – The Geographical Enquiry will consist of a fieldwork investigation of a hypothesis or question.

Assessments

Sustainable Decision Making exam paper – 1 hour 30 minutes (25% of total marks) – based on a sustainable development issue around one of the key themes.

Terminal exam paper – 1 hour 45 minutes (50% of total marks) – this will consist of questions based on the remaining 3 key themes.  Questions will be set on a range of issues and include a case study for each theme.

Why Geography?

This is an ideal foundation for learners who want to pursue Geography at A Level or as a career, as it covers a wide range of topics to ensure that they become well-rounded geographers, with skills required by the sector.