Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

  • Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
  • Section B: The living world
  • Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK
  • Geographical skills

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

  • Section A: Urban issues and challenges
  • Section B: The changing economic world
  • Section C: The challenge of resource management
  • Geographical skills

Paper 3: Geographical applications

  • Section A: Issue evaluation
  • Section B: Fieldwork
  • Geographical skills


Fieldwork is an essential aspect of geography. It ensures that students are given the opportunity to consolidate and extend their geographical understanding by relating learning to real experiences of the world.

Students will need to undertake two geographical enquiries, each of which must include the use of primary data, collected as part of a fieldwork exercise. The two enquiries will be carried out in contrasting environments and show an understanding of both physical and human geography.


This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

35% Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

35% Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

30% Paper 3: Geographical applications


Pre release


Many of the topics covered in GCSE geography such as climate change and the tsunami disaster are some of the biggest international issues in the world today. The skills covered help prepare for a wide variety of future employment, complement vocational courses and offer an excellent basis for moving onto pursue A level courses at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College and to achieve good results through these courses. Many of our students progress on to take geography or geography related courses in higher education.

Start Date

July 2019

Exam Board



Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course Level