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Year 9 Options Process - Geography


Geography is the understanding of the world around us, the processes that shape it, the people that live in it and the way that people interact with the landscape and each other.  

The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Geography explains why and helps to prepare you for those changes. Geography tackles huge global issues such as:  

  • Environmental responsibility
  • Our global interdependence
  • Cultural understanding and tolerance
  • Commerce, trade and industry 

Fieldwork is an important component of the Geography GCSE course and you will have an opportunity to complete a physical and human geography fieldwork study which allows you to apply your geographical skills outside the classroom.  

Geography will help you to develop transferable skills which you will be able to apply to anything you want to do. Geography is therefore a subject that is highly sought after by employers.  

Our priority is helping you to reach your potential and develop your appreciation of the amazing world we live in.  

Course Details

The Geography GCSE course is composed of three units:

Paper One: Living with the Physical World

  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • The living world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK: coasts and rivers

Paper Two: Challenges in the Human Environment

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management and water management

Paper Three: Geographical Applications and Skills

  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical skills

Progression beyond GCSE

You will develop a wide range of skills undertaking a GCSE in Geography. Geographers will learn to:

  • Write concise reports
  • Handle data
  • Ask questions and find answers
  • Make decisions about issues
  • Analyse material
  • Organise themselves
  • Think creatively and independently.

The development of these skills therefore means people who study Geography at GCSE and beyond are amongst the most employable. They possess the skills that employers look for due to the fact that Geography combines a knowledge of science and an understanding of the arts.

Where will the course take you?

With the transferable skills Geography develops, the list of suitable career choices are endless. However, here are just a FEW ideas for Geography related careers…

Care about the planet?

  • Environmental consultant
  • Pollution analyst
  • Conservation officer

Interested in world events?

  • Aid worker
  • Diplomat
  • Refugee advisor

Fascinated by maps?

  • GIS specialist
  • Cartographer

Enjoy being in the landscape?

  • Geologist
  • Civil engineer
  • Coastal manager

Other professions:

  • Accountant
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher

Course structure and assessment

The course is made up of three units covered throughout the two years. It is a linear course, so all exams are at the end of Year 11.

There is no tiered entry and no controlled assessment.

Course structure:

  • Paper One – Living with the Physical Environment: 35% of the final grade.

  • Paper Two – Challenges in the Human Environment: 35% of the final grade.

  • Paper Three – Geographical Applications: 30% of the final grade.

Student work


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