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Specification: Pearson international GCSE Geography

Examination code: 4GE1

The course:

The Pearson International GCSE Geography course provides a full understanding of geographical concepts and processes, appreciating our world's complexity. It covers a wide range of topics, including physical geography, human geography, and environmental issues, with a strong emphasis on both global and local perspectives. The course aims to broaden students' knowledge and awareness of the world, encouraging an understanding of diverse cultures and environments. By studying this course, students will gain insights into how human and physical systems interact, understand the challenges of sustainable development, and become more informed about the impact of human activity on the environment, preparing them for responsible global citizenship.

What skills do I need?

To facilitate success in the Pearson International GCSE Geography course, students will need strong analytical and observational skills, an ability to interpret maps and data, and a keen interest in the natural and human world. They should be capable of critical thinking, effective communication, and independent research. Throughout the course, students will develop a range of skills including data analysis, problem-solving, and fieldwork techniques. They will enhance their ability to evaluate and synthesize information, improve their geographic literacy, and cultivate a deeper understanding of spatial relationships and environmental issues. These skills will not only aid their academic pursuits but also prepare them for future challenges in a globalized world.

Examination structure:

Paper 1 (Physical Geography): 1 hour 10 minute exam, assessing students on River Environments and Hazardous Environments

Paper 2 (Human Geography): 1 hour 45 minute exam, assessing students on Economic Activity & Energy, Urban Environments and Development & Human Welfare

Both papers offer students the opportunities to engage in human and physical fieldwork and collect & analyze data. At David Game College, students will conduct fieldwork in both an urban environment and a river environment to contextualize the theory they have learnt in the classroom, but also to develop vital data collection and analysis skills. Both papers will include questions on the fieldwork students carry out in urban and river environments.

The course is suitable for students interested in careers in:

This course is suitable for students who have an interest in careers in environmental science, urban planning, travel and tourism, conservation, and international development. It also provides a strong foundation for careers in fields such as geospatial technology, law, civil engineering, and public policy. By studying geography, students can pursue roles that require an understanding of spatial patterns, human-environment interactions, and sustainable practices, making them well-prepared for a diverse range of professions that address global and local challenges


Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) Geography (2017) Student Book by Michael Witherick, ISBN- 13-978-0435184834


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