GCSE Geography

About the course

When you study Geography, you travel the world from your classroom. This wide-ranging Level 2 GCSE, studied in Years 10 and 11, covers climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Exploring both human and physical geography, you’ll develop investigative and research skills, enabling you to become globally and environmentally informed.

Overview of units

Physical Environment:

  • Natural Hazards
  • The Living World
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK

Human Environment:

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Changing Economic World
  • The Challenge of Resource Management

Geographical Investigations

  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical Skills

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for starting this course.


You will sit three examination papers in the summer of year 11 to gain your qualification. Paper 1 (1 hour and 30 minutes) covers topics from the Physical Environment element of the course. Paper 2 (1 hour and 30 minutes) covers topics the Human Environment. Paper 3 (1 hour and 15 minutes) covers Geographical Investigations. There is no coursework element to your result on this course. Your result will be graded on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 (where 9 is the highest grade), taking into account your total mark across all three papers.

Where you can go next

Studying Geography helps develop a holistic understanding of how the world’s human and natural systems interact. GCSE Geography is beneficial in helping you pursue further study and careers in subjects in areas such as business, environment and science.

Information from the examination body

Full details of this course can be found at the AQA website.

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