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- GCSE Geography
Why should I choose Geography?
Do you enjoy learning about people and their societies, economies, cultures and the environment? Are you keen to develop a wide range of skills? Do you want to take a GCSE that will make you highly employable in the future? If you answered yes to any of these questions then Geography is the best choice for you at GCSE.
Geography is a highly respected subject by the best universities. It also helps you into the world of work - graduates who have a degree in Geography are more likely to have a graduate level job. Geography is up-to-date and relevant, as well as exciting and adventurous. Geography helps us to make sense of the rapidly changing world around us.
Your exams are taken at the end of year 11 and you have three exams including:
Unit 1: Dynamic Planet (physical and environmental geography)—25%
Unit 2: People and the Planet (human geography) —25%
Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions (sustainability) – 25%
At the end of Year 10 you carry out a controlled assessment (Unit 4), this involves a trip away to conduct fieldwork. In the past, locations students have visited have included Osmington Bay and East London. On return to the classroom you write up a report about your investigations which is worth 25% of your final grade. Topics the controlled assessment could cover include tourism at the coast, erosion at the coast or the quality of life in London.
Many Geographers choose careers in; Law, Banking, Accountancy, Marketing, Media, Management, Human Resources, Information Technology and many more.
A background in Geography is an excellent entry point to many specialist careers such as; Conservation, Environmental Consultancy, Tourism, Development, Land and Water Management, Town and Transport Planning.