What is the course about?


Geography in a Nutshell


Geography places the understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions, recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them. Understanding the causes of differences and inequalities between places and social groups underlie much of the newer developments in human geography. GCSE Geography at Shireland Collegiate Academy provide students with a clear overall view of the world in the first part of the 21st century.




At Shireland, students will have the opportunity to experience Geography both inside and outside the classroom. In previous years, students have enjoyed local visits to Birmingham City Centre and the University of Birmingham, as well as residential trips further afield, including The Peak District and Lake District National Parks. We also run annual international trips at Key Stage 5, something that we will be looking to extend to our GCSE Geography groups.


Subject content:


Unit 1: Physical Geography


Written Paper - 1 hour 30 mins - 75 marks - 37.5%


Unit 2: Human Geography


Written Paper - 1 hour 30 mins - 84 marks - 37.5%


Unit 3: Local Fieldwork Investigation

Controlled assessment - 60 marks - 255%


How will I be assessed?


Unit 1: Written Paper - 1 hour 30 minutes - 75 marks - 37.5%

Unit 2: Written Paper - 1 hour 30 minutes - 84 marks - 37.5%

Unit 3: Controlled Assessment - 60 marks - 25%

Exam Board - AQA

What skills are required?


The ability to view issues from a wider perspective is important when studying Geography. Students need to recognise how the world is very complex, and how different people can be affected by one event in many different ways. The ability to consider a range of different viewpoints is also important. The course requires students to be able to communicate their findings in writing, as well as demonstrate the ability to explain their views and write convincing arguments to support them.


Students will develop a wide range of skills in their GCSE Geography studies, including:


  • technological skills, including ICT and GIS
  • interpersonal skills through debate and discussion
  • literacy and numeracy problem solving skills
  • entrepreneurial skills and awareness of career possibilities
  • provide a sound foundation for those candidates who intend to continue to study the subject to a higher level , for example at A Level and/or University Degree Level


Studying Geography may lead to:


  • Employers want people with good communication skills & Geography includes a wide range of projects, reports and presentations
  • Employers want people who can work in a team & fieldwork is an essential part of Geography and allows you to develop team and leadership skills
  • Employers want people who can ask questions and then find the answers; geographers can undertake complex decision making exercises using information at a variety of scales
  • Employers want people who are computer literate & geographers use ICT in many aspects of their work, including for data collection, through the internet and analysing spreadsheets


Many Geographers end up in working in industries such as:


  • Law
  • Social Work
  • Estate Agencies
  • Tourism
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Civil Engineering
  • International Aid Work
  • Accountancy
  • International Development
  • Politics and Local Government


Did you know? Geography is the second most employable degree in the UK!


Additional Information


Finally, if you are interested in a career that involves travel, you won't be disappointed. Geographers really can work anywhere in the world!