Year 7

GeographyWhat is Geography? – Scholars will be asking the question ‘What is geography?’ Scholars will then explore specialist language and key terms related to physical, human and environmental geography.

Map Skills – Scholars will learn how to use maps and graphs. They will also study settlements.

The UK – Scholars will learn about the United Kingdom. They will learn what exactly the UK is and where it is located as well as learning about the physical features of the UK. Scholars will then learn about the diversity of the UK; its peoples and regions, and finally learning about the population of both the UK and the global population.

Year 8

Coastal change and conflict – Scholars will study the British coastline and learn about why the coastline takes the form that it does. What changes the shape of the coast and what impact does this have on settlements around it.

Development dynamics – Focusing on Brazil, scholars will investigate the differences between a developing, emerging and developed country. Using development indicators scholars will understand how countries are measured and the effect that this has on the people within these countries.

Year 9

Component 1: Global Geographical Issues – In this component scholars will learn about some of the key geographical issues in today’s world, and the interaction of the physical and human processes that cause them.

  • Topic 1: Hazardous Earth – An understanding of the global circulation of the atmosphere and changing climate. Plus two depth studies of an extreme weather hazard (tropical cyclones) and tectonic hazards at contrasting locations.
  • Topic 2: Development dynamics – An understanding of the scale of global inequality. Plus a depth study of how one emerging country is developing and the consequences for people, environment and the country’s relationship with the wider world
  • Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world – An overview of the causes and challenges of rapid urbanisation across the world. Plus one depth study of a megacity in a developing or emerging country.

Year 10

Component 2: UK Geographical Issues – In this component scholars will investigate some of the key geographical issues in the UK today, and the physical and human processes that cause change.  They will also investigate physical and human environments through fieldwork.

  • Topic 4: The UK's evolving physical landscape – An overview of the varied physical landscapes in the UK resulting from geology, geomorphic processes and human activity over time. Plus two depth studies of distinctive landscapes – Coastal change and conflict and River processes and pressures
  • Topic 5: The UK's evolving human landscape – An overview of the changing and varied human landscape of the UK, including the socio-economic and political processes that influence it. Plus a case study of a major UK city - Dynamic UK cities.
  • Topic 6: Geographical investigations – Two investigations, including fieldwork and research, carried out in contrasting environments, one from 'River processes and pressures' and one from 'Dynamic urban areas'.

Year 11

Component 3: People and the Environment Issues: Making Geographical Decisions – Scholars will develop their understanding of the processes and interactions between people and the environments by investigating three important global issues. 

  • Topic 7: People and the biosphere – An overview of the global distribution and characteristics of large-scale ecosystems, why the biosphere is important to human wellbeing and how humans use and modify it in order to obtain resources
  • Topic 8: Forests under threat – A detailed study of tropical rainforests and the taiga, looking at processes and interactions and issues related to their biodiversity and to their sustainable use and management
  • Topic 9: Consuming energy resources – A study of renewable and non-renewable energy, its supply and demand, access and energy security issues, its sustainable use and management

Content and assessment overview

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Geography B consists of three externally examined papers:

  • Component 1: 1 hour and 30 minute written examination comprising of 94 marks, making up 37.5% of the qualification.
  • Component 2: 1 hour and 30 minute written examination comprising of 94 marks, making up 37.5% of the qualification.
  • Component 3: 1 hour and 30 minute written examination comprising of 64 marks, making up 25% of the qualification.

Why have we chosen Edexcel GCSE Geography B?

Clear and coherent structure – the qualification has a straightforward structure with three components – Global Geographical Issues, UK Geographical Issues and People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions.

Enquiry-based learning – the specification content is framed by geographical enquiry questions that encourage an investigative approach to each of the key ideas. As part of this enquiry process, scholars are encouraged to use integrated geographical skills, including appropriate mathematics and statistics, in order to explore geographical questions and issues.

Provides an engaging real-world focus – scholars are encouraged to make geographical decisions by applying their knowledge, understanding and skills to real-life 21st-century people and environment issues.

Engaging and manageable fieldwork – fieldwork environments are aligned with the core content of the course so that the experience of fieldwork can reinforce and enlighten learning in the classroom, and learning in the classroom can underpin learning in the field. Fieldwork tasks will remain for the lifetime of the specification so there is less time spent on planning and administration and more time to bring geography to life in the field.

Straightforward assessments that are accessible for all abilities – there are three externally examined papers that provide gradual progression in demand throughout the topics. Across all three assessments there is consistent use of 12 different command words so that scholars know what to expect.

Continuous progression – the new specification content develops scholars’ knowledge and understanding of place, process and interaction by first introducing them to global issues and then to UK issues, including two fieldwork investigations. Building on this, via a decision making exercise, students will investigate a contemporary local, national or regional people and environment issues within a global setting, drawing on their wider knowledge and understanding from across the course.

Supports progression to A Level – the compulsory and optional topic content gives scholars the opportunity to lay a foundation of knowledge and understanding that can be further developed at A Level.