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GCSE Geography

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Why study Geography?

Exam board and specification code: Edexcel 1GBO

Geography gives students the opportunity to understand more about the world, the challenges it faces and their place within it. This will deepen understanding of geographical processes, illuminate the impact of change and of complex people-environment interactions, highlight the dynamic links and interrelationships between places and environments at different scales, and develop students’ competence in using a wide range of geographical investigative skills and approaches. Geography enables young people to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens.

What is covered by the course?

  • Geography of the UK
  • Geomorphology processes and landscape
  • Changing weather and climate
  • Global ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Resources and their management
  • Cities and urban society
  • Global economic development issues

How is it examined?

In the summer you will sit 3 papers for your Geography GCSE.

Paper 1 - Global Geographical Issues

  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 94 marks, 37.5% of GCSE
  • Topic 1: Hazardous Earth
  • Topic 2: Development Dynamics
  • Topic 3: Challenges of an Urbanising World

Paper 2 - UK Geographical Issues

  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 94 marks, 37.5% of GCSE
  • Topic 4: UK physical landscape (coasts/rivers)
  • Topic 5: UK human landscape
  • Topic 6: Geographical investigation (human and physical fieldwork)

Paper 3 - People and Environmental Issues

  • 1 hour 30 minutes long decision making paper, 64 marks
  • Topic 7: People and the biosphere
  • Topic 8: Forests under threat
  • Topic 9: Consuming energy resources

Suggested reading:

‘Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography B Revision Guide’ published by Pearson, ISBN 9781292133782

‘Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography B, Investigating Geographical Issues’ published by Pearson, ISBN: 9781446927762

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