Course Overview – Why study Geography?

Studying geography gives students the opportunity to travel the world via the classroom, learning about both natural and social sciences along the way. They will understand how geography impacts everyday life and discover the key opportunities and challenges facing the world. Students will also develop academic and life skills from writing, teamwork and communication to analytical skills.

Course Structure

Pupils will study a mixture of human and physical topics over the course of two years. Important geographical skills will be incorporated throughout and there are two important fieldtrips for pupils to undertake. The first takes place at the end of Year 10 and involves a visit to the beautiful south coast of Devon as pupils study the coastal geomorphology at Sidmouth. This is followed by a trip to Bristol at the start of Year 11 to look at urban issues facing this city.

Examination Board


Form of Assessment

Paper 1 – Living with the Physical Environment

35% of assessment

  • Challenge of natural hazards
  • Physical landscapes in UK – two from coasts, rivers, glacial
  • The living world – ecosystems, tropical rainforests and one from hot or cold environments

Paper 2 – Challenges in the Human Environment

35% of assessment

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The challenging economic world
  • The challenge of resource management – general overview and one from food, water or energy

Paper 3 – Geographical Applications

30% of assessment

  • Section A – Issue Evaluation – Based on pre-release booklet
  • Section B – Fieldwork – Some questions based on unfamiliar material

Entry Guidelines

An interest in the world around us.