Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is hands on, it is relevant and it is fun. The Edexcel B GCSE course is a good mix of topics such as urban issues, world development, extreme environments, coasts and hazards to name but a few. 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.

There are so many ways of learning in geography. It is very practical with opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer based mapping (called GIS), map skills, interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills, presenting, role play and debating techniques.

You will improve your literacy through your report writing and written work and make practical use of your numeracy skills when you interpret data and construct graphs.

Fieldwork, or working outside the classroom is a really important part of geography. Whether you complete studies locally or take advantage of the chance to travel further away it will be a brilliant opportunity to experience some of the things you have learnt about in class, see things differently and of course have fun.

Geography is a subject which can form part of the Ebacc. It is a solid academic subject and well respected by universities and employers alike.

There has never been a better time to study geography so make the choice to go places with geography by taking geography at GCSE.
Units 1 and 2
(37.5% each) Global Geographical issues
UK Geographical issues
The exam papers for these units are resource based. You will have maps, photographs and diagrams to help you answer the questions. Questions will range from short questions up to larger extended writing questions.
Unit 3
(25%) Making Geographical Decisions is a decision making exercise based on pre-release resources. These will consist of a colour resource booklet on a geographical issue or location. Your teacher can work with you on the resources. Questions will assess your understanding of the resources in relation to environmental issues and sustainability.