Why study Geography?
The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before.
Geography is an exciting subject which explains why this is and helps to prepare you for those changes.
The skills you develop will also be useful in a range of subjects and could help you get the job of your dreams in the future. Employers like geographers!
What will I study?
During the course you will practise a wide range of geographical skills such as analysing and evaluating data, decision-making and learning about natural and man-made environments. The course will cover human, physical and economic geography topics and will include the investigation of real world up-to-date case studies.
Theme 1 - focuses on topical issues such as the growth of cities, differences in cities around the world, and development.
Theme 2 - covers topics such as weather and climate, rivers, coasts, and desertification.
Theme 3 - covers environmental challenges such as desertification and ecosystems which are under threat.
How will I learn during geography lessons?
Data presentation and analysis (graphs and maps)
As well as this, fieldtrips are incorporated into this course and link to the exam.
How will I be assessed for GCSE geography?
Exams are worth 100% of the total grade. These will test your knowledge and geographical skills and include a problem solving exercise where you use your understanding to solve a real life issue and justify your decision. The fieldwork element of the course will also be tested in an exam. As part of the course you are required to complete two compulsory fieldwork enquiries. These require you to collect data from a field site and analyse the results, relating them back to concepts you have studied in class.
Statistics show that compared to other subjects Geography graduates are among the most employable. This is presumably because they possess the skills that employers look for. In part this is because the subject is a combination of the facts of science and the understanding of the arts.