GCSE Geography


Qualification: GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Tiers of Entry: Single


Geography is not compulsory at GCSE, however students are strongly advised to pick either Geography or History, in order to study the EBacc


GCSE Geography gives students the keys to help them understand and unlock the world and its issues and the challenges that we face both now and into the future. Most importantly it equips pupils with the skills to try and help make decisions and solve these challenges, helping make them not only employable, but also active, globally responsible citizens. 

Course Content and Assessment:

Geography at GCSE is traditionally a popular option at Bonus Pastor, and can form a key part of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).  We follow the AQA specification, which is made up of:

Paper 1: Physical Geography (topics including Natural Hazards, Climate Change, Rivers, Coasts and Ecosystems)  This is 1 hour 30 minutes and worth 35%

Paper 2: Human Geography: (topics include urban areas in LICs and HICs, Economic Development in the world and in the UK, and the UK’s interdependence)  This is 1 hour 30 minutes and worth 35%

Paper 3: Geographical Skills: (there are 3 sections to this exam, a Decision Making Pre Release Element, Unseen Fieldwork, and then Our Fieldwork Enquiry)   This is 1 hour 15 minutes and worth 30%

Resources for the GCSE exam assessed in the Summer of 2018 onwards including the specification and specimen papers can be found on the AQA website on the link below



Homework at KS4 is normally set at least once a fortnight in Years 9 and 10, and more frequently in Year 11. This will often involve exam practice questions, and pupils consolidating their knowledge from lessons, or completing revision activities in preparation for mini formative assessments throughout the half term. 


Pupils are advised to buy the CGP GCSE Geography AQA 9-1 Complete Revision and Practice book (these are available from the department at cost price of £6)

The department also has a range of revision flashcards that pupils can purchase for £5

Please note if you are in receipt of, or have recently been in receipt, of Free School Meals, these resources will be provided for free. 


Geography is considered a key subject by many 6th forms and colleges, universities and employers as it gives students a wide range of skills and knowledge from a range of other disciplines.

A number of our students each year go onto study A Level Geography, and it has links with A Level Economics, History, Politics and Sociology. It can also link with a BTEC in Travel and Tourism.

At University students may study a range of Geography related degrees from a traditional BA/BSC Geography degree, to Earth Science, Geology, Oceanography, Town Planning. 


Beyond that a Geography Degree can lead graduates into a wide range of careers from:

  • Finance, banking and insurance
  • Environmental Management (such as working for the Environment Agency, Defra etc)
  • Developmental Charity Sector
  • Civil Service and Local Government
  • Logistics and Distribution
  • The armed forces
  • Weather forecasting and presenting
  • Civil Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Town Planning
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Education

For more information of Geography related careers visit the Royal Geographical Society’s Careers Page at: https://www.rgs.org/geography/choose-geography/careers/






If you would like any more information please email Mr Lawrence at lawrencen@bp.Lewisham.sch.uk