GCSE Geography

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What will I learn?

The WJEC course in Geography is aimed at developing the students’ skills in observing how people interact with their environment, how various processes affect people and places and how people make decisions that affect their future. Practical skills such as map work, fieldwork, IT and geographical investigations are developed during the course.  There has never been a better time to study Geography.  In a world that is constantly changing and at a phenomenal pace it certainly pays to understand the causes and effects and how this may affect the future – for all of us!

Some physical themes: Rivers: how they shape the land and how we can avoid flooding (Building on a floodplain? Why?). We will be taking a fresh look at Plate Tectonics – Volcanoes and Earthquakes to you and me! – and this will involve hazard perception and disaster management.  We will also look at how Climate Change is affecting our environment.

Amongst the human themes: A chance to consider where we fit into the big “global” picture. How can we use science and technology to feed a constantly growing world population? We will investigate Retailing in the Global Marketplace. All this whilst still learning to understand why we need to encourage fair-trade and fair development amongst nations and the way forward to a sustainable future for the whole planet. Come and join us ……….!

How will I learn?

You will learn through a variety of media including debate, decision-making and fieldwork.

Field day:              This involves a trip to Snowdonia to study 3 different aspects of the course:

(1)                River processes along the middle section of the River Elwy.

(2)                Tourism in Betws-y-Coed: the “honey pot” of Snowdonia.

(3)                Coastal processes at a location along the North Wales coast.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: The Core (40%)

Unit 2: The Options (35%)

Unit 3: Controlled Assessment: A school-based assessment drawing on fieldwork skills with reference to both the physical and human world (25%)

What next after the course?

Geography is a broad-ranging subject which will provide you with the skills needed for the modern workplace. You will have learned to make value judgments and decisions based on observation, facts, statistics and patterns. Obviously the next step would be to study Geography at A-level where you would hone these skills through more independent learning and fieldwork observations. However, even if you decide not to study Geography to a further level then you will always be able to put your skills to use in everyday life e.g. map- reading, data analysis and report writing.

Future employment opportunities?

Not all Geographers are teachers, but if you enjoy the subject then it is an option.  Geography is a great cross-curricular subject.  It covers social aspects as well as studying the scientific processes.  A good Geographer will always be in demand.  They have good spatial awareness, an analytical mind, and excellent organisational skills and are good communicators.  Some other employment opportunities are:

  • Administration
  • Advertising
  • Archaeology
  • Broadcasting
  • British Forces
  • Civil Service
  • Communications
  • Conservation
  • Environmental Health
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Marketing
  • Police
  • Politics
  • Town and Country Planning