GCSE Geography

Geography is popular at GCSE because it offers a broad education that complements most other subjects. In simple terms, it is the study of where places are, what they are like, what life is like in them, how and why they are changing and why there are arguments about them. The interrelationship between human life and the environment is probably the most contemporary subject of global politics today.

Geographers are highly employable people because they exhibit the following characteristics: good communicators, good problem solvers, good team players, computer literate, well rounded, flexible thinkers who are also spatially, socially, economically and environmentally aware. Students will develop cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical skills.

The world in which we live is changing at a faster rate today than at any other stage of human existence. Geography is a fascinating study of places, people and their interactions. It is truly synoptic and is always relevant and changing – from the local to the global. Geography is everywhere and students can enjoy this – we live in an amazing, awesome, but delicate physical environment that needs our care. Through understanding the interactions between it and human activity, geographers can find sustainable solutions to wide-ranging changes and problems. It will inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people and to the environment.

We will be following the OCR GCSE (9-1) Geography B specification.

Physical Geography: Unit 1 Our Natural World 35%

Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of landscapes and the geomorphic processes that shape them. The effect of these landscapes upon human life and the modern interactions of humans with their environment will be an important element of the Unit. Topics include Global Hazards, Changing Climate, Distinctive Landscapes and Sustaining Ecosystems.

Human Geography: Unit 2 People and Society 35%

Students will learn to appreciate the differences and similarities between people, places and cultures leading to an improved understanding of societies and economies. The focus will feature largely upon the opportunities and challenges facing societies in the 21st century.  Topics include Urban Futures, Dynamic Development, UK in the 21st Century, and Resource Reliance.

Synoptic Unit 3: Geographical Exploration 30%

The links, connections and ideas within the eight topics will be brought together in this unit. Students will apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to question and develop arguments. A decision making exercise will require students to use their critical thinking skills in relation to an unseen context.

Fieldwork and skills

Students will complete two in-depth studies based around fieldwork. Students will plan their own investigations, collect qualitative & quantitative data, present that data, and analyse their findings using statistical techniques to create well-evidenced arguments. They will learn to apply theory to real world contexts and to contemporary situations and issues.  They will be asked questions about their fieldwork in both their Unit 1 and 2 exams.

Geographical skills are fundamental to the study and practice of geography. They are integrated into all aspects of the subject and will include cartographic skills using a variety of maps, graphical skills, numerical and statistical skills and literacy skills in formulating enquiry and argument.