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Geography at Thrybergh Academy and Sports College

Course description

The Edexcel GCSE in Geography A has four units.

Core topics cover key elements of both the physical and human world, and skills considered to be essential.

The optional topics allow students to study areas of geography in more depth, focusing on contemporary issues from both physical and human environments. The fieldwork element of this course is found in the controlled assessment unit. This provides a more structured approach to internal assessment. The fieldwork tasks try, where possible, to study the local area. The course actively engages students in the process of geography to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. It aims to develop their knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the relevance of these concepts to our changing world.

Course content

Unit 1:

This unit has two sections:

Section A – Geographical Skills

This covers cartographic skills, graphical skills, and geographical enquiry, and ICT and GIS skills.

Section B – Challenges for the Planet

This covers issues that have arisen from climate change and sustainable development.

Unit 2:

This unit has two sections:

Section A – The Physical World

Coastal Landscapes, River Landscapes and Tectonic Landscapes.

Section B – Environmental Issues

A Wasteful World.

Unit 3:

This unit has two sections:

Section A – The Human World

Economic Change, Settlement Change and Population Change.

Section B – People Issues

A Tourist’s World.

Unit 4:

For this unit students complete a fieldwork investigation and report on one of the following themes:

local sustainable development, rivers, coasts, land use in urban areas, tourism and changes in the rural landscape.

Entry requirements

Level 5 in Geography by the end of year 9 & 94% attendance by the end of year 9.


Unit 1 Geographical Skills and Challenges

This unit is externally assessed through a 1-hour, tiered, written examination.                                             

Unit 2 The Natural Environment

This unit is assessed through a 1-hour 15-minute, tiered, written examination.

Unit 3 The Human Environment

This unit is assessed through a 1-hour 15-minute, tiered, written examination.

Unit 4 Investigating Geography

This unit is internally assessed. Students complete one of the fieldwork tasks from the list

provided by Edexcel. They must write up the fieldwork task under controlled conditions.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in Geography or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification. With further training, you could go into a job related to geography such as a Weather Forecaster, Teacher or Travel Agent You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 600/6157/1