• Geography

GCSE Geography Course

What board do we do? Edexcel IGCSE, Code 4GEO

What is Geography?

Geography is a dynamic and relevant subject for all young people.  They will learn about their place in the world and the responsibilities to the environment and the sustainability of the planet as well as to other people.  Change is a key theme in geography.  Geography is about examining physical and human processes, monitoring change, identifying consequences and suggesting how best to manage new situations.  Its unique strength is its focus on places and often complex processes that form and change locations.  Geographers have a particularly broad interest in the perceptions of a huge range of different players in changing situations. The geographical skills that students learn along the way equip  them with a broad range of personal learning and thinking skills such as team work, independent enquiry and creative thinking – all highly valued by employers and universities.  Students are encouraged to read the broad sheets and keep up to date with current affairs and world events

Which subjects combine with Geography?

Geography is a humanities subject that combines very well with science as it bridges the natural world and human activity.  It is a subject that at GCSE incorporates aspects of Economics so will prepare a student for this subject at A level as well as Geography A level. 

What careers and University courses can Geography lead to?

Specialist careers in geography: Development (aid agencies, charities, Diplomatic Service, British Council); Ecosystems and the Environment (environmental consultancy for a TNC, National Trust); Land and Water Processes (hydrologists, civil engineering’ British Antarctic survey); Maps with Computing (cartographers, GIS geographical Information Systems including satellite imagery); Non specialist careers:  advertising, PR, Law, Accountancy.  Previous students have gone on to study Geography, Environmental l Science, Law and Economics. Geography related careers advice: www.geography.org


The GCSE course outline

There are 5 units to this course that will be studies over the year.  There is no coursework and just one 2 ¾ hour exam.

  • River Environments : The physical geography of rivers and how we manage water supply.
  • Hazardous Environments : Volcanoes, Earthquakes and hurricanes and how we manage to live with them.
  • Economic Activity and Energy : The changing pattern of global industry and how we manage the worlds energy resources.
  • Urban Environments : Why we live in cities and how they are managed in the high income and low income countries.
  • Fragile Environments: Deforestation, Soil erosion and global climatic change – causes, consequences and how we will manage the future.


Book List

Edexcel IGCSE by Michael Witherwick and Steve Milner; ISBN: 978-0-435016-95-1

Full Specification:  http://www.edexcel.com/Pages/