Geography is an exciting and ever-changing subject that has very real relevance to the wider world in which we live.

Geographers are able to collect information from fieldwork, maps,  photographs, satellite images and ICT.  They can describe, analyse and interpret data and present it using maps, diagrams and graphs, and are able to draw conclusions and justify them. 

GCSE Geography AQA ‘A’ syllabus click here to view the specification

As with most GCSEs, Geography does not train pupils to enter any specific career. The breadth of the subject and the variety of skills involved, however, make geographers very flexible in a changing jobs market. Geography is frequently in the top ten degree subjects ranked by success in gaining employment and has relevance to careers as wide as finance and accountancy, administration and management, sales and marketing, travel and tourism and environmental planning.

Geography is a good basis for going on to do further courses in economics, business studies, travel and tourism, geology or environmental studies, as well as A level Geography.

The GCSE examination (from September 2016) has three components:

Paper 1 Physical Geography 35%

Paper 2 Human Geography 35%

Paper 3  Geographical Applications 30%

Physical Geography themes including; earthquakes, volcanoes, extreme weather, ecosystems & coasts.

Human Geography themes including; change in the urban environment, resource management, & economic development.

The new syllabus also includes a section on Geographical Applications to replace controlled Assessment. It will be based on map skills, fieldwork techniques, issue evaluation and  problem-solving, and includes the requirement  for all students to complete physical and human fieldwork studies.

Geography GCSE has recently included fieldwork studies on Tourism in Scarborough, flood defences in York and Environmental Quality studies in the local community.