Students who opt to continue studying Geography at GCSE follow the OCR ‘B’ GCSE Geography syllabus. The syllabus consists of one terminal exam paper, one decision making exam and a piece of fieldwork assessed through controlled assessment. The final exam carries 50% of the total mark, the decision making exam 25%, and the controlled assessment 25%. In 2013 55% of students studying Geography at Monmouth School gained an A* or and A, and 95% of students gained A*-C.
The main part of the syllabus covers work for the final ‘Geography Themes’ exam, and includes the following themes:
- Population & Settlement (including the population explosion, population controls, migration, world mega-cities and urban regeneration)
- Natural Hazards (including earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms and drought)
- Economic Development (including world development differences, world trade, industrial location, changing employment structures, and aid)
Why study Geography?
The Edexcel course is designed to engage students critically with real world issues and places. Current world issues linked to North Korea and the USA, global trade and Brexit, the carbon cycle and climate change are integral to A level Geography. The course has a contemporary issues-based approach with an emphasis on geo-political issues linked to global trade, political institutions, global environmental issues linked to energy and water resources. Students also learn a wide range of geographical skills and fieldwork.
Being a social science, Geography has links with many subjects including: Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, Ethics, History and Mathematics. There has never been a more important time to study Geography with growing interest in issues such as resource use, climate change, migration and environmental degradation.
As a facilitating subject an A level in Geography opens doors. You will find that studying Geography is an excellent step towards a wide range of university courses and/or employment opportunities. Geographers are highly employable, possessing a wide range of transferable skills (problem solving, decision making, report writing and team work) essential to the modern work place. Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment, pursuing a wide range of career paths.
Head of Department: Mr G Stentiford
Board: Edexcel A level Syllabus Code: 9GE0
The course is broadly split between human and physical topics, however there is a constant interdependence between the two that is reinforced throughout the course. The topics include:
- Tectonics processes and hazards
- Landscape systems, processes and change
- Water Cycle and water insecurity
- Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
- Shaping Places – Regenerating places
- Migration, Identity and Sovereignty
All students will attend a residential field trip to meet the exam board requirement of 4 days of fieldwork, where they will investigate a range of locations and differing geographical techniques. The data they will collect will be used to develop an independent geographical investigation of 4,000 words.
Method of assessment
Unit 1 – Physical World 9GE0/01
You will be examined on all physical topics studied over the two year course. Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes. 30% of the A level qualification.
Unit 2 – Dynamic Places 9GE0/02
You will be examined on all human topics studied over the two year course. Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes. 30% of the A level qualification.
Unit 3 – Geographical Issues 9GE0/03
A synoptic style written examination supported by a resource booklet: 2 hours 15 minutes. 20% of the A level qualification.
Unit 4 – Independent Investigation 9GE0/04
4000-5000 word fieldwork investigation report. 20% of the A level qualification.