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Geography GCSE

Subject: Geography

What will students learn?

Students will further develop:

  • A sense of place and location on a local, national and global scale
  • Physical and human processes that shape our planet
  • Issues of sustainability
  • Case studies of a range of countries at different levels of development
  • How to undertake geographical investigations
  • Synoptic links between topics, constructing evidence-based arguments and judgement-based

In KS4 students will study

Physical geography units (paper 1)

  • Changing landscapes of the UK
  • Weather and climate
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity

Human geography units (paper 2)

  • Global development
  • Changing cities
  • Resource management: energy

Geographical investigations and UK challenges (paper 3)

  • Stages of geographical investigation
  • Quantitative and qualitative data
  • Primary and secondary data
  • Sampling methods
  • Data collection methods
  • Data analysis and presentation
  • UK challenges linking physical and human geography topics

How will students receive feedback?

At Paddington, all students will receive regular feedback from formative assessment tasks. Within the curriculum, specific tasks are allocated for feedback. This ensures all students gain regular feedback. Teachers will mark student work and provide targeted feedback that enables students to improve their work and make progress. To support student understanding, teachers plan high-quality re-teach time to prepare students for their feedback. Across each term, students will receive feedback from multiple tasks.

What examinations / assessments do students have at the end of KS4?

Exam board: Edexcel A

  • Physical geography units (paper 1) 1h30m
  • Human geography units (paper 2) 1h30m
  • Geographical investigations and UK challenges (paper 3) 1h30m

What resources can be used to support learning?

  • Case studies booklets
  • Knowledge organisers
  • Edexcel A geography revision guide
  • Edexcel A geography revision workbook


 KS4 Geography Overview


 Geography GCSE Option Video



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