Key Stage 3 – Key Stage 4 – Geography related careersGeography members of staff

Key Stage 4

GCSE Years 9, 10 & 11

We follow the OCR B Geography GCSE syllabus. The key features of this course are:
– exciting content studied in topics and brought to life by engaging enquiry questions
– opportunities to study in depth contemporary case studies across a range of scales
– study of the geography of the UK in the 21st century
– exploration of the interconnections of topics through synoptic assessment
– geographical skills, including fieldwork, being embedded within assessment

Component 1 – Our Natural World

Assessment – one exam 1hr 15mins 35% of total GCSE
Topics studied are: Global hazards, Changing climate, Distinctive landscapes, Sustaining ecosystems, Fieldwork and Geographical skills

Component 2 – People and Society

Assessment – one exam 1hr 15mins 35% of total GCSE
Topics studied are: Urban futures, Dynamic development, UK in the 21st century, Resource reliance, Fieldwork and Geographical skills

Component 3 – Geographical exploration

Assessment – one exam 1hr 30mins 35% of total GCSE
Topics studied are: Geographical skills and a Decision making exercise


Students will undertake fieldwork outside of the classroom on at least two occasions in contrasting locations, studying both human and physical geography. Field trips are presently run to Gatesgarthdale Beck near Buttermere to study river features and processes, and also to Manchester to assess the functions of urban areas. Assessment of the fieldwork will take place within the Our Natural World and People and Society exams.

We consider fieldwork to be an important part of any Geography curriculum and we take the opportunity to continue teaching and learning outside of the classroom whenever we can. Where appropriate, we take the students outside during their Geography lessons so they can put their learning into practice using real world scenarios.