Course Level: GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Specification link: GCSE Geography

Entry requirements: No specific requirements

Course Description

This course is delivered over three years. The topics covered are below. As the course is delivered over three years it means the case studies covered can be studied in depth in fun and exciting ways.

The geographical skills taught also include mathematical skills and map skills. The exam questions range from multiple choice questions to short essay questions where students have to analyse and evaluate. 

This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them.

Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). 

Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Topics studied are:

Physical Geography:

  • Challenges of Natural Hazards
  • Living world
  • Physical UK landscapes

Human Geography:

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • Economic world
  • Challenges of Resource Management- water

Geographical skills

  • Physical fieldwork - Evaluate the downstream changes of the river Lea
  • Human fieldwork - What impact has regeneration had on Stratford? 
Course Profile

Career Pathways

Geography supports many different pathways and careers that involve decision making. 

At LDE, GCSE geography supports subjects such built environment and engineering


Job Opportunities

Upon completion of this two year course, students will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond.


Futher Reading

Why study Geography GCSE