Why study Geography?

“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our futures!” – Michael Palin

Geography is about people and the changing world in which we live. When we pick up a newspaper and read about ‘Climate Change’, ‘Threats to wildlife’, ‘The Globalisation of the fashion industry’ or a ‘deadly earthquake’, we realise that Geography is all around us and it is an incredible subject to learn.

The course will give you the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions which affect our world and understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes which shape and change our planet. Studying Geography also equips students with a wide range of transferable skills allowing them to successfully study a diverse range of subjects.

What will I study?

Unit 1: Dynamic Planet –Here we study the physical world in which we live and the processes that shape and support our planet, but can sometimes ‘bite back’!

Unit 2: People and the Planet – Here we consider how humans interact with the world around us. What issues are created as we use the worlds resources? Can the world cope with a growing population?

Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions – Here we investigate a range of topical issues and carry out a Decision Making Exercise on a particular theme.

Unit 4: Researching Geographical Investigations – A piece of Controlled Assessment based on a fieldwork visit to The Peak District.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 and Unit 2 are one hour 15 minute long exams at the end of Year 11.

Unit 3 – The Decision Making Exercise is an exam is also sat in the Summer of Year 11 and is based on a skills and content that flow throughout unit 1 and 2.

Unit 4 – Researching Geography – This is the equivalent to coursework, this will involve students undertaking field work followed by a written report. This unit will start in year 10 and continue into year 11. It is worth 25% of the overall GCSE.

Contact Mrs Stewart or your Geography teacher for more details

What skills will I need?

Geography provides students with the opportunity to develop and improve a wide range of skills:

  • Research – investigating issues happening on our TV’s and on the internet
  • Literacy – developing exam answers and writing a fieldwork investigation
  • Thinking Skills –  solving problems and making decisions
  • Practical skills – carrying out real fieldwork
  • Discussion – sharing and developing ideas in groups

What happens in lessons?

During your GSCE you will be watching the world’s deadliest volcanoes in action, predicting the effects of Global Warming and debating the use of our tropical rainforests.

In short every lesson is different and designed to help you learn in a range of ways so that you can succeed in Geography.