Is Geography the right subject for me?

In order to answer this question, ask yourself what you enjoy about studying geography. Do I want to:

  • learn about and understand the world I live in?
  • develop skills that will help me in other subjects and in employment, such as ICT and research?
  • complete practical work away from the classroom?
  • learn how to work in a team with other students?
  • learn through investigating, not listening and reading?


What will I learn?

The world is ALWAYS changing. This specification gives you the chance to learn about those changes. There are four units, each worth 25% of the GCSE marks.:

Unit 1: Dynamic Planet

This will give you a sound understanding of important physical processes such as geological processes, ecosystems, the atmosphere and climate, and the hydrological cycle. These topics are designed to show you how physical geography combines to create a ‘life support system’ for the planet.

Unit 2: People and the Planet

This focuses on human geography. In a similar way to Unit 1, it links together to build an overall understanding how populations grow and change, where people live and work, and how they exploit and use resources.

There are also options in Units 1 and 2 so you will study some topics in more depth such as coasts, countryside, development or extreme climates. 

For the core Units 1 and 2, exam papers are resource based. Questions will range from short questions up to larger extended writing questions. 

Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions

This is a decision making exercise, where you study a specific topic, such as Antarctica, in detail. This topic is designed to teach you how to make decisions about a specific topic, based on the evidence studied. The skills you will learn in this topic will be valuable in all aspects of this GCSE in geography, and the rest of your life.

Questions will assess your understanding of the resources in relation to environmental issues and sustainability.

Unit 4: Researching Geography

This will involve undertaking research, carrying out fieldwork and then writing it up. The research and fieldwork will be undertaken out-of-class, but the writing up will all be in class time. This means you have to spend far less time at home doing geography coursework.

What can I do after I’ve completed Geography GCSE?

GCSE Geography leads on well to many Sixth Form courses at Lady Lumley’s from all areas of the curriculum, but is especially suited to AS/A2 Geography within the department. Employers and Universities value the broad range of transferable skills that Geography delivers. A GCSE in Geography is excellent preparation for a career in planning, resource and countryside management, tourism and recreation, environmental management and development; or even general management careers or branch out in journalism.

Next steps

The Geography specification is specially designed to inform you about some of the most important issues that will affect your present and future life as you grow up in today’s modern world.  It should explain why things are like they are and get you to think about what you feel should be done about them. 

For further information talk to Mrs Pye or any of the Geography team.

For more details of the specification: