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Geography GCSE

Subject Overview

Geography is a subject which highlights the importance of understanding the world and for stimulating an interest in places. It will inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world and their values as well as their responsibilities to other people and to the environment.

This course will focus on the dynamic physical issues of Ecosystems & Global Environments and Tectonic Activity & Hazards, and the global human issues of Contemporary Issues in Urban Settlements and Contemporary Issues in Tourism. It will look at how these issues need to be managed in order to ensure human and environmental sustainability. There will also be opportunities for the students to gain Geographical Skills and be involved in Decision Making

The course offers an opportunity for students to develop the independent learning skills they need to flourish in higher education. It is suitable for students who are functioning at Level 1 or 2.

The accreditation is an IGCSE, the international alternative to the GCSE.


Topic Overview

Autumn Term

Spring term

Summer term

  • Ecosystems
  • World Ecosystems
  • Temperate Deciduous Forest
  • Tropical Rainforest  - Deforestation
  • Sustainable Management
  • Hot Deserts
  • Tectonic Plates
  • Fold Mountains
  • Volcanoes
  • Supervolcanoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis
  • Urbanisation
  • Parts of a City
  • Urban Issues
  • Squatter Settlements
  • Urbanisation – Environmental Issues
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Growth in Tourism
  • UK Tourism
  • Mass Tourism
  • Tourism in Extreme Environments
  • Ecotourism
  • Application of Geographical Skills - interpreting maps and photographs
  • Geographical Skills and Decision Making-familiarisation with material in the Sources Booklet
  • Revision of all topics using past papers


Examination Board

AQA Level 1/2 Certificate (IGCSE) Geography 8031

Learning beyond the classroom

Students will be encouraged to watch Geography films and documentaries with different geographical themes, watch the news regularly so they are informed of current events, participate in discussions around these programmes, read geographical magazines, use websites to maintain interest in geographical issues.

Students should be able to access a range of opportunities including debates, guest speakers, workshops and visits to places of geographical interest.

Progression Pathways and Careers

GCSE Geography could lead on to further study in Geography at A Level or other related subjects such as the Sciences, Maths, Business Studies, English, History.

Similar subject areas for further study for those with an interest in Geography might be Environmental Science, Economics, Geology.

Geography can lead to careers in a range of sectors, including the public sector, education, commerce, industry, transport and tourism. Those who study Geography have excellent transferable skills, which also attract employers from the business, law and finance sectors.

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For further details Contact

Jo Radiven – Teacher of Geography           
email jradiven.302@lgflmail.org