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GCSE Geography at Queen Elizabeth School

Course description

The GCSE course is ideal for students who have enjoyed the subject at KS3 and who wish to deepen their understanding of issues and concepts affecting their environment.   The content has been refreshed to focus on current issues including climate change, urban regeneration and management of world resources.

The main focus of Specification A is an understanding of physical processes and factors that produce diverse and dynamic landscapes that change over time. This includes the interdependence of physical environments and the interaction between people and the environment as well as an understanding of the need for sustainable management of both physical and human environments.

Course content

Unit 1: Physical Geography: Components selected for study include:

· River landforms & flood management

· Rock types, landforms & resources

· Upland Glaciation

To support delivery of this unit and enhance student understanding the department offer a 2 day residential in the Lake District.

Unit 2: Human Geography: Components selected for study include:

· Changing urban environments

· Changing rural environments

· Tourism

Entry requirements

Willingness to learn & explore! A level 6 or above at KS3.



Unit 1: Physical Geography: This will be delivered in Yr 10 to be assessed in the June of year 11. 

Unit 2: Human Geography: This will be delivered in Year 11 for assessment in the June of yr 11.  

Each examination has a duration of 1.5hr  represents 37.5% of the overall mark.

Controlled assessment: The examination board will release titles every year from which staff will select a local fieldwork investigation.  Elements will include research, data collection, data presentation, interpretation, conclusion & evaluation.  Students will be required to complete 6hrs of the write up under high level controlled conditions.  This component represents 25% of the final mark and is completed between Easter and summer of year 10.


Future opportunities

 Success at GCSE allows access on to the A level programme and reflects a superb grasp of knowledge & skills applicable in everyday life.


Further information

 See Miss Peck Head of Geography or ask any member of the Geography team.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years