St John Plessington Catholic College

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Head of Department:

Miss A Varley 





GCSE in Geography 


Geography develops your knowledge and understanding of the world in which we live today. Topics are chosen from a range of physical and human options explored through relevant case studies in their own world and the fast changing world around them. Geography encourages you to ask questions about the world we live in, process ideas and evaluate key global issues. Pupils of Geography are given the opportunity to develop opinions, assess the reliability of evidence and communicate ideas and information in a variety of formats.

You will have numerous opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities within the subject, focusing on fieldwork and geographical skills. The department presently leads field trips in the local area. This permits pupils to carry out primary data collection and experience elements of Core Geography in a real world setting.


You will sit three examination papers at the end of Year 11. These are outlined below:

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment.

The topics for this paper are:

  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • The living world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment.
The topics for this paper are:

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenges of resource management

Paper 3: Geographical application.

The topics for this paper are:

  • Issue evaluation (Pre-release resource booklet available 12 weeks before

paper 3) • Fieldwork

Geographical skills are embedded into each topic and are continually practised throughout the GCSE course.

Component One: One exam worth 35% of the qualification available – 1 hour 30 minutes.

Component Two: One exam worth 35% of the qualification available – 1 hour 30 minutes.

Component Three: One exam worth 30% of the qualification available – 1 hour 15 minutes.


Geography develops skills in literacy, numeracy, ICT, problem solving, teamwork and thinking skills. Pupils can go on to study Geography at A Level and beyond.

In addition, the subject arms you with important skills that are transferable in the ever-changing and competitive workplace. You will develop the ability to think analytically, gather relevant information, evaluate facts and apply their own point of view. Future careers can include a wide range of sectors including scientific research, health care, social work, accountancy, retail, teaching, business and finance,journalism, marketing/ sales and advertising, as well as town planning and the travel and tourism industry.