Subject: Geography

Head of Department: Mrs K Skeffington

Qualification: GCSE

Examination Board: WJEC

Course Content:
During Year 9 & 10 pupils study 6 short units.
  • Distinctive landscapes in Wales;
  • Rivers and flooding;
  • Coastal management;
  • Population;
  • Urban change;
  • Global cities;
  • Tectonics (volcanoes & earthquakes).
In Year 11:
  • Weather and ecosystems;
  • Development;
  • Environmental challenges.
How will you learn:
Analysing and evaluating environmental controls.Discussing and recognising the environmental issues relating to the sustainable use of resources.
Using satellite imagery and synoptic charts to develop the skill necessary to forecast the weather
  • Research details about an issue/country on the internet;
  • Plan, organise and undertake a fieldwork component to describe, analyse and interpret data critically;
  • Have the opportunity to take part in a field visit;
  • Develop new statistical techniques of analysis.
How you will be assessed:
Paper 1 - Changing Physical & human landscapes 1hr 30min exam worth 40% of GCSE
Paper 2- Environmental & Development Issues 1hr 30min  exam worth 40% of GCSE
Paper 3 - Non-examination assessment 2hrs 30min
Fieldwork enquiry 20% of GCSE
The GCSE Geography course is now a linear assessment: papers 1&2, exams in Y11. There are no longer tiered exam papers.
Additional information / skills:

Geographers can:

  • make a concise report;
  • handle data;
  • think scientifically by collecting and recording evidence;
  • from a range of sources including fieldwork;
  • ask questions and find answers;
  • make decisions about an issue;
  • analyse material;                
  • manage themselves;        
  • solve problems.

Job ideas:
Geography graduates are among the most employable, possibly because they possess the skills employers are looking for. This may be because the subject is a combination of the facts of science and the understanding of the arts. Career destinations include Environment Agency, emergency planning,  meteorologist, teaching or lecturing, work in the financial and retail sector, other professions including media.

For further information see:  Mrs K Skeffington


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