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Overview of the Subject

There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Geographers are also highly employable.



In Key Stage 3, all pupils are taught the core skills that will prepare them for GCSE Geography.

During Year 7, pupils study the local area, Europe, Italy and Rivers and Floods. During Year 8 students study Ecosystems, Natural Resources, Africa and Natural Hazards. Each of these topics is followed by an assessment. There will be opportunities to undertake fieldwork in order to support topic areas,

KS3 Curriculum Overview


Pupils choosing GCSE courses are now often encouraged by schools to include courses which will enable them to achieve Ebacc as part of their Key Stage 4 education. Geography is a subject which can form part of the Ebacc. It is a solid academic subject and well respected by universities and employers alike.

Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is hands on, it is relevant and it is fun. The GCSE course is a good mix of topics such as urban issues, world development, extreme environments, rivers and hazards to name but a few. 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 world.

There are so many ways of learning in geography. It is very practical with opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer based mapping (called GIS), map skills, interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills, presenting, role play and debating techniques.

You will improve your literacy through your report writing and written work and make practical use of your numeracy skills when you interpret data and construct graphs.

Fieldwork, or working outside the classroom is a really important part of geography. Your teacher will be able to tell you more about the specific GCSE course offered in school. Don’t forget to ask about what sort of topic you might cover in your controlled assessment and where you will do your fieldwork.

There has never been a better time to study geography so make the choice to go places with geography by taking geography at GCSE.


How will I be assessed?

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Geography B consists of three externally examined papers.

Students must complete all assessments in May/June in any single year.

Paper 1: Global Geographical Issues

37.5% of the qualification

94 marks

Paper 2: UK Geographical Issues

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

37.5% of the qualification

94 marks

Paper 3: People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

25% of the qualification

64 marks


What is the name of the examination board?

Edexcel Geography specification B