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GCSE Geography at Northampton School for Boys

Course description

GCSE Geography

You must choose either Geography or History. If you wish to study both you should select History in the Humanities column and Geography in the Enhancement column.

This is an exciting new course which helps you to understand topical issues and integrates personal research with being outside the classroom and undertaking fieldwork. It will open your eyes to many issues you had not thought about before. In short, we are offering you the world!

Course content

The GCSE aims to help you on the path to becoming a geography specialist, by giving you the skills and knowledge relevant to the modern world. It will give you an understanding of places, environments and concepts. It will also allow you to build on your understanding of global geographical issues. You will learn how to select and use a variety of skills, techniques and technologies to investigate and analyse, discuss and evaluate these issues. This Geography course is beneficial because it will help you to develop real-life skills relevant to future decision making.


Assessment comes in four parts. Firstly, a one-and-a half hour terminal exam in Year 11 (50% of final grade), which consists of four key themes: Rivers and Coasts, Population and Settlements, Economic Development and Natural Hazards. Secondly, in January of Year 11 you will sit a Sustainable Decision Making Exam (SDME - 25% of final grade), where you will have to make decisions based on some pre-released material. The third element is a controlled Assessment, based on a piece of fieldwork (which may involve taking part in a field trip). The final element is an 800 word assessment based on one of 9 themes set annually by the exam board; Disease, Trade, Ecosystems, Sport, Fashion, Energy, New Technologies, Crime or Tourism. These two last elements together account for a total of 25% of your final grade.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 02 October 2016
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