GCSE Geography (OCR)

This course is based on studying what is happening in the world today, making it a dynamic and thought-provoking subject. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and learn to appreciate the relevance of these to our changing world. You will also explore the similarities and differences between people’s views of the world, its environments, societies and cultures.

GCSE Geography is an excellent preparation for further study at A level and university. The course is one of the EBacc subjects and it teaches you many fundamental academic skills that you will need in order to be successful in your future studies.



Unit 1: Contemporary themes in geography (written exam – 50%)

There are 3 themes that you will explore in this unit:

Extreme Environments and Earthquakes – You will study the extreme environments of the Andes (mountain) in South America and the Sahara (desert) in Northern Africa focusing on the physical landscape, the changing ecosystems and the people who live there. You will also consider the causes and effects of earthquakes.

Global Citizen and Energy - In this unit you will focus on your position within a globalised world. You will look at the products and services we consume and the impacts this has on the lives of the people who produce these. We also consider the global future of energy production and the prospect of living in a fossil fuel free world.

Similarities and Differences in Population - You will compare living conditions and standards in London to those in Bangladesh focusing specifically on Tower Hamlets and Sylhet. You will consider the increasing global population and explore issues surrounding migration into and out of the UK.

Unit 2: Geographical Skills (written exam – 25%)

You will learn how to extract, interpret, analyse and evaluate information from a range of sources including maps, diagrams, graphs, tables of data and photographs.

Unit 3: Local Geographical Investigation (controlled assessment – 25%)

You will complete one piece of controlled assessment based on research conducted through fieldwork activities. There will be an opportunity for residential workshops to bring to life the study of the subject as well as opportunities to study geography through!ICT and GIS (Geographical Information Systems).