GCSE Geography

The GCSE course is a mixture of Human and Physical Geography. Geography is popular with pupils who want to find out more about how the world works.  If you like to ask questions about the landscape, like travelling to new places or like to watch documentaries such as Frozen Planet and Human Planet, then this is the subject for you!

Physical Geography

  • Weather and Climate Change: including UK weather and hurricanes. 
  • Erosion and Rocks: an introduction to geology, showing how rocks have shaped the landscape.
  • The Coastal Zone: looks at the amazing landforms found at the seaside and find out how erosion can be reduced. Coastal fieldwork will probably be at St Bees.
  • Ecosystems: learn more about Tropical Rainforests and find out about UK Woodland

Human Geography

  • Cities: a detailed study of Manchester, a city in a wealthy country, compared to a city in a poorer country
  • Global Development: find out why some countries are poor and what can be done to help them. A study of a poorer country.
  • Resources: the problems of providing clean water for people living in different parts of the world.

Physical Geography - 37.5%
Human Geography - 37.5%
Skills and Fieldwork - 25%
Data is collected in groups during three days of field trips.  ALL fieldwork is now tested in school in the skills exam.

Geography is a subject that teaches you about the way the world works.  It is considered to be an academic subject by universities and is welcomed by employers who need people with a mature outlook such as the police and army.  Geographers develop their communication and team-work skills through field work so often go into jobs that need good social skills et nursing and teaching. Organisation and precision are important skills too and can lead to jobs in surveying/planning, travel and environmental management, agriculture, retail, transport, water supply, forestry and many more.
There is a mixture of human and physical topics that bridges the sciences and arts subjects. This This GCSE course allows pupils to get a broad base of understanding before specialising at A Level or University.