Unit Outline:

Geography stimulates an interest and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ experiences to investigate places at all scales. Choose Geography and let us give you a sense of direction!

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment

Topics: The challenges of natural hazards; Physical landscapes in the UK and The Living World.
Assessed: 1 hour 30-minute exam – 35% of the GCSE

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment

Topics: Urban issues and challenges: The Changing Economic World and The Challenge of Resource Management.
Assessed: 1 hour 30min exam (35% of the GCSE)

Paper 3: Geographical Application

This paper will test pupils on Issue Evaluation, Fieldwork and Geographical Skills. There will be a pre-released document which will be used in this exam which we will study in class.
Assessed: 1-hour exam (30% of the GCSE)
The exam papers will have a range of styles of question – some multiple choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose.


Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this and we try to incorporate as much practical learning as possible. The trips will support the collection of primary data for Paper 3: Geographical Application. Currently these trips are a Rivers Day on Barbon Beck and Urban Studies in Kendal.

Possible Career Destinations:

Environmental Officer, Urban Regeneration, Water resources, Geographical Information Systems, Conservation, Marketing, Flooding Officer, or a Resource Manager.

For further information, contact: Mrs F. Derbyshire