Why choose to study GCSE Geography?
Successful GCSE Geography candidates develop lifelong skills, including:
- An understanding of the processes which affect physical and human environments;
- An understanding of location on a local, regional and global scale;
- The ability to use and understand geographical data and information;
- An understanding of how communities around the world are affected and constrained by different environments.
Aims of the Syllabus:
- an independent approach and "ownership" of their learning.
- to follow their interests and develop deeper knowledge and understanding of the subject.
- a sense of their place in the world and their relationships with other places.
- an awareness of the characteristics and distribution of a selection of different physical and human environments;
- an understanding of some of the processes affecting the development of such environments;
- an understanding of the impacts of how people interact with each other and with their environments;
- an understanding of different communities and cultures throughout the world and an awareness of the contrasting opportunities and constraints presented by different environments.
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How are Candidates Assessed?
Paper 1 Geographical Themes (1 hour 45 minutes; 75 marks, weighted to 100 marks)
Candidates answer three questions, each worth 25 marks.
Theme 1: Population and settlement
Theme 2: The natural environment
Theme 3: Economic development
Paper 2 Geographical Skills (1 hour 30 minute; 60 marks)
Candidates answer all the questions. The paper is based on testing the interpretation and analysis of geographical information, decision making and the application of graphical and other techniques as appropriate. The questions will not require specific information about places but will require the use of a 1:25 000 or 1:50 000 map with a key.
Paper 4 Alternative to Coursework (1 hour 30 minutes; 60 marks)
Candidates answer two compulsory questions, completing a series of written tasks. The field work scenarios for the two questions will be taken from different aspects of themes 1, 2 or 3. The questions involve an appreciation of a range of techniques used in fieldwork studies. (Data collection, handling and analysis.)