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Subject Lead: Ms E Croft, The Green School for Boys

Do you enjoy discussing and debating ideas that are key issues in our world today? Are you interested in technology and world development? If you can answer yes to these questions, then Geography is the subject for you.


This course offers an issues-based approach to studying geography, enabling you to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical issues. You will able to analyse, interpret and evaluate geographical information. You will develop skills through questioning and different investigations.

How will it be assessed?

Paper 1: 2 Hours (30% )

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Glaciated and Coastal Landscapes

Paper 2: 2 Hours, 30% 

  • Globalisation
  • Superpowers
  • Shaping Places
  • Global Development and Connections 

 Paper 3: 1 Hour and 45 mins (20%)

  • A synoptic investigation based on a geographical issue

Independent Investigation (20%)

  • Based upon fieldwork, 3000-4000 word report

Where will it lead?

There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography.

With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, Geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. It is a science and arts subject, so its advantage is its spectrum of topics; it complements History, Politics, Sociology, and Economics.

Geography is a rigorous, academic subject.  It is highly respected by Universities and Geographers are highly employable. Whatever your passion for the world - fascination with landscapes or concerns about inequality - Geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally. Geography students go onto careers in town and transport planning, chartered surveying, land and water management, sustainability, environmental consultancy, development, tourism, conservation, demography, housing and social welfare, teaching, accountancy, and politics.

Enrichment opportunities

Four Days Field Work.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in  GCSE Geography.

Recommended reading

  • Crane, N [2010]: 'Coast: Our Island Story: A Journey of Discovery Around Britain’s Coastline' - BBC Books
  • Diamond, J (1998) 'Guns, Germs and Steel: a Short History of Everybody for the Last 13000 Years', Vintage
  • Fortey, R [2010]: 'The Hidden landscape: A Journey into the Geological Past', Bodley Head
  • Harari, Y (2017) 'Homodeus: a Brief History of Tomorrow', Vintage
  • Jacobs, J [1997]: 'The Life and Death of Great American Cities'
  • Kynge, J [2009]: 'China Shakes The World: The Rise of the Hungry Nation'
  • Krauss, E [2005]: 'Wave of Destruction: One Thai Village and its Battle with the Tsunami'
  • Lovelock, J [2010]: 'The Vanishing Face of Gaia; A final warning'
  • Marshall, T (2016) 'Prisoners of Geography', Scribner Book Company
  • Moyo, D [2010]: 'Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa'
  • Simpson, J (1998) 'Touching the Void', Vintage
  • Stross, R [2010]: 'Planet Google: How One Company Is Changing Our Lives'
  • Weightman, G & Humprhies, S [2007]: 'The Making of Modern London'