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GCSE Geography

Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Geography for students who have chosen this subject for GCSE, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Miss Staines if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

Which exam board will students be examined by?


How are groups organised?

We organise our classes by mixed ability. The students have five one-hour lessons per fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

The most successful students in this subject will enjoy learning about the human and physical world around them. They will also be passionate about how change creates opportunities and challenges.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Socio-economic change
  • Environmental change
  • Sustainability
  • Development
  • Climate change
  • Creation of landforms

What will students learn at this level?

Component 1: Our Natural World

  1. Global Hazards (Weather Hazards and Tectonic Hazards)
  2. Changing Climate
  3. Distinctive Landscapes (Coastal and River Landscapes)
  4. Sustaining Ecosystems

Component 2: People and Society

  1. Urban Futures
  2. Dynamic Development
  3. UK in the 21st Century
  4. Resource Reliance

Component 3: Geographical Exploration

  1. Decision-making Exercise
  2. Fieldwork
  3. Geographical skills

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Cartographic (map) skills
  • Graphical skills
  • Numerical skills
  • Statistical skills
  • Fieldwork skills
  • Enquiry skills including planning, data presentation, analysis and drawing conclusions
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Critical thinking

How will students learn at this level?

  • Group work
  • Exam question practise
  • Independent research
  • Note taking
  • Synthesising notes
  • Annotated diagrams
  • Reading and applying news articles

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

Component 1 (Our Natural World) is assessed in a written exam lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes. This exam accounts for 35% of the GCSE.

Component 2 (People and Society) is assessed in a written exam lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes. This exam accounts for 35% of the GCSE.

Unit 3 (Geographical Exploration) is assessed in a written exam lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes. This exam accounts for 30% of the GCSE.

Students will also be internally assessed at the end of every topic in addition to Year 10 and Year 11 mock exams.

When do key assessments take place?

All exams take place at the end of Year 11- please see the exam timetable for the exact dates.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • All students are provided with a complete glossary of key terms and definitions for every topic. We would really appreciate it if you could help your child learn these key terms.
  • Students are also provided with knowledge organisers which enable students to summarise an entire topic on a single A3 page- please do encourage your child to complete these to the best of their ability and to revisit them regularly.
  • There are past exam papers and mark schemes on the OCR B website which students need to be using in order to refine their exam technique. These can be accessed here: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/geography-b-geography-for-enquiring-minds-j384-from-2016/assessment/
  • Check that books are well-organised and that students are able to access the online Kerboodle textbook.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

  • Essential school equipment including pen, pencil, ruler, calculator.
  • Access to SMHW.
  • Access to the online textbook using the Kerboodle website.  
  • Purchase the recommended CGP AQA GCSE Geography revision materials- all students will be given the opportunity to purchase these at a discounted rate through the school.

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • Maths: graphical and statistical skills
  • English: written answers
  • Science: tectonic and weather hazards, climate change, geology
  • History: how a country’s development is affected by historical events

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

Past exam papers can be accessed here https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/geography-b-geography-for-enquiring-minds-j384-from-2016/assessment/

BBC Bitesize for GCSE Geography: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zpsx2p3

Revision World: https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/geography

What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

Trips for the next academic year are subject to change due to the current restrictions. In previous years we have offered:

Compulsory fieldwork: all students will spend the day in Hunstanton during the summer term in order to prepare for their Geographical Applications exam.

Enrichment fieldtrip: all students will be given the opportunity to visit an international destination. Previous trips have seen students visit Iceland, where their lessons on tectonic hazards have been brought to life as they visit the Mid Atlantic Ridge and Eyjafjallajökull which famously erupted in 2011 grounding most flights across Europe.

Support: During the spring and summer term, students will be offered the opportunity to attend after school revision. 

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

Check out these websites for ideas about careers relating to Geography:




What does student work look like in this subject at this level?


How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?


How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?


How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?