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Geography GCSE at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description

Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Category :Geography - Social Sciences

Course content

What does the course involve?
In this course students can always find something to enjoy, whether their interests are more on the Physical or Human Geography side. It is about interactions between people and their environment.

Modules focus on the natural world, specifically:
coastal landscapes; how waves create erosion and how man can effectively manage a coastal area.
glacial landscapes including how glaciers dramatically change the shape of the land and how man can use that to his benefit
ecosystems; which looks at three very different areas, the tropical rainforest, the savana and the northern coniferous forest
rivers; how rivers erode the landscape, transport and deposit material to create new land forms; the causes, effects and management of flooding.

The other three modules focus on the human environment. These are:
development issues, including sustainability, fair trade between nations and the problems of giving aid
agricultural; comparing farming in very different cultures, with ideas for ways of coping with change
settlement; which is concerned with urbanisation, from problems of crime in inner cities in Great Britain, to struggling to live in a shanty town.

There is plenty of variety in learning Geography. Investigating, problem solving and decision making are frequent activities. Maps, satellite images, photographs and videos are all used as well as atlases and textbooks. You will use your ICT skills to write up your field work.

As well as being an interesting subject, the techniques learnt are useful life skills. Employers are aware that Geographers know something about today's world, can find things out for themselves, can use maps, read graphs and statistics and can write a report as a result of a personal investigation. Geographers go on to study a wide range of post 16 courses.


Two written examinations worth 75% of the total marks and 25% for the Field Work presentation which you will write up, under supervision in class, and at home. Most students achieve very high marks for this.

Future opportunities

Why choose Geography?
Geography teaches about parts that other subjects cannot reach! Geography links subjects on both the Science and Arts side. It is of interest to anyone concerned about the environment and the problems of the world.

Further information

Other information:
GCSE Geography leads to a course in Geography at Advanced Level, which may be combined successfully with an extremely wide variety of subjects.
If you choose to study Geography after the 6th Form, career opportunities open to you include:
Town and Country Planning
Personnel Management
Retail Management
The Travel Industry
Environmental Management

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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