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Geography GCSE
Specification: Edexcel B - Investigating Geographical Issues

GCSE Geography is an exciting, relevant, issues-based course, which allows pupils to investigate many of the world’s varied places and environments, from the teeming life of rainforests to booming megacities, and geographical patterns at a range of scales from local to global. The specification contains a range of modern, up to date topics and focuses much on our own impacts on the environment; it is designed to be engaging and provide pupils with valuable skills they could use at A Level and in the world of work.

1. Global Geographical Issues Hazardous Earth: Extreme weather and tectonic hazards.
Development Dynamics: Global inequality with a study of an emerging power - India.
Challenges of an Urbanising World: Causes and challenges of rapid urbanisation with a focus on a megacity - Mumbai.
1½ hour examination: multiple-choice, short and extended answers (8 marks maximum)
94 marks 37.5%
2. UK Geographical Issues UK’s Evolving Physical Landscape: The varied physical environment of the UK with a focus on coasts.
UK’s Evolving Human Landscape: The changing way we live with a focus on a dynamic UK city -London.
Geographical Investigations: Based on both human and physical fieldwork.
1½ hour examination: multiple-choice, short and extended answers (8 marks maximum)
94 marks 37.5%
3. People and Environment Issues People and the Biosphere: Global ecosystems, their importance to humans and how humans modify them.
Forests Under Threat: Tropical rainforests and the Taiga. Issues related to their sustainable management.
Consuming Energy Resources: Supply, demand, access, use and security of renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Making a Geographical Decision: Using a resource booklet that draws on ideas from units learned.
1½ hour examination: multiple-choice, short and extended answers – 8 marks in Section C and 12 marks in Section D based on a choice of potential decisions.
64 marks 25%

There is a three day fieldtrip based in the local area. Fieldwork is an essential part of Geography and this trip allows pupils to study a range of coastal, rural and urban environments covered in the exam, and to collect appropriate data to use in Paper 2.

Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus