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Three written examinations with a variety of short and long answer questions.

Paper 1: physical geography 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 2: human geography 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 3: geographical skills and applications 1 hour 15 minutes.


Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is hands on, it is relevant and it is interesting. Our GCSE course involves a mix of topics namely natural hazards, economic development, rivers, coasts, biodiversity, urbanisation and natural resources. 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.


The ideal geography student will have found the content of their geography lessons at Key Stage 3 interesting and engaging and will want to find out more. They will be interested in the world around them and will want to make sense of it. They will need to be able to clearly communicate their ideas in written form. If you have enjoyed geography in Year 9 you will enjoy it at GCSE.


There will be fieldwork in both Year 10 and 11. In Year 10 students will visit Lyme Regis to conduct some coastal fieldwork. In Year 11 students will visit Bristol to carry out an urban study.


Students who study geography at GCSE often go onto to study the subject at A Level and then beyond at university. Geography is recognised by the Russell group of universities as a facilitating subject and opens a wide range of career paths in both the private and public sector. A recent study of graduates found geography graduates had amongst the lowest rates of unemployment. Geography also works well in conjunction with other subjects and is broad enough in scope to open plenty of doors for those who are unsure as to what they would like to do in the future.



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