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Albemarle Independent College, 18 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7FE
Albemarle Independent Private College in Central London


GCSE Course Outline

What is Geography?


'Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future'
Michael Palin

What is Geography?

Geography is the study of our planet and the connections between people and place.

Why study geography

Geography is a broad based academic subject which will open up options for you in your future. Employers and universities see geography as a robust academic subject rich in skills, knowledge and understanding. As a subject linking the arts and the sciences it is highly flexible in terms of what you can combine it with.

What will I study in Geography?

In studying geography, you will investigate the links between people and their environment both locally and internationally. You will be able to connect diverse issues in politics, economics and science to the landscape to give an understanding of how places are shaped.

Your geography course will cover both physical and human environments. It will show how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects on their environment.

You will learn in a wide variety of ways, using maps, GIS skills, data analysis, photos, and videos. You will be encouraged to discuss ideas and frame your own questions using higher level thinking skills and show your grasp of complex issues through report and essay writing. Fieldwork will is an essential part of your GCSE course. You will get to go on a trip to either a coastal or river environment as well as a human one, to put geographical theories to the test.

Jobs Geographers Do!

GEOGRAPHY (EDX A) GCSE Specification
Paper no. Content overview

Paper 1:

1 hour 30 minutes
94 marks
37.5% of GCSE

The Physical Environment

  • Topic 1: The changing landscapes of the UK
    • Including Coastal and River landscapes and processes.
  • Topic 2: Weather hazards and climate change
  • Topic 3: Ecosystems, biodiversity and management

Paper 2:

1 hour 30 minutes
94 marks
37.5% of GCSE

The Human Environment

  • Changing cities
  • Global development
  • Resource management
    • including: Water resource management

Paper 3:

1 hour 30 minutes
64 marks
25% of GCSE

Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges

  • Fieldwork
  • UK challenges

Structure Of Course:
This course will be taught for 3 x 50 minute lessons per week. Homework will be set regularly and deadlines must be adhered to. Students are a required to attend a minimum of 2 days fieldwork. Fieldwork will take place at weekends or half terms where possible.

Core textbooks

GCSE (9-1) geography specification A: Geographical Themes and Challenges
Rob Clemens, Phillip Crossley, David Flint, Paul Guinness
Pearson Paperback ISBN 9781446927755


Further Reading
A subscription to the Geography Wideworld magazine is recommended as well as reading of broadsheet newspapers, National Geographic, the Economist and New Scientist magazines will also help build case studies and wider knowledge. It is also beneficial to watch TV programmes such as Country File and geography related documentaries.

Introductory Task
Using newspaper articles and internet research create a case study on the weather in your local area and how it has affected people and the environment over the summer.