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Geography GCSE

OCR Specification code: J383

Why Study Geography?

Are you interested in the world around you? Do you want to be able to make informed decisions about where to work, where to live and where to go on holiday? Are you concerned about the environment? Do you want to develop skills you will find useful long after you have left School? There has never been a better time to study geography. It leads to a qualification which links to many other subjects and is highly valued by employers.

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You Will Study:

Living in the UK today

This includes sections about UK landscapes, people of the UK and environmental challenges in the UK

The World Around Us

This includes sections about ecosystems of the planet, people of the planet and environmental threats to the planet

You Will Learn

  • Map skills
  • How to use ICT in a geographical context
  • How to collect and interpret data gained through fieldwork
  • How to make decisions and solve problems Geographical Skills and Fieldwork

You will collect data on a residential field trip that will be used to complete geographical investigations. These will form the basis for one of the examinations at the end of the course.


There will be three examinations at the end of Year 11. Living in the UK Today and The World Around Us are examined by two one hour papers, worth 30% of the GCSE each. There will also be a 1 ½ hour paper on Geographical Skills, worth 40% of the GCSE.