GCSE Geography

GCSE Geography

(Optional – though we aim for pupils to pick either Geography or History)


Examination Subject: GCSE Geography

Exam Board: AQA

Tiers of Entry: Single

Our GCSE Geographers traditionally do very well, and in 2017 had a record year of 87% A*-C (over 20% above National Average!) with over 41% of all pupils achieving an A or A* and on average achieving at least ½ a grade higher than their national target.

In 2018 80% of pupils achieved a Grade 4 or above, with 72% Grade 5 and above, with P8 of +0.37


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.


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



GCSE Geography offers a range of experiential learning and fieldwork activities including trips to the local area and beyond including the River Darent, the Kent coast and a 3 day Residential to the Lake District, alongside building slums, re-enacting global trade via the Trade Game, Multi-National Corporations through the Sweat Shop Game, and Population via Jelly Babies and more! 





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, and “is one of the most employable degrees after medicine”.

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.

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

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