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If you're curious about the world around you – and who isn't – you'll enjoy studying geography. It is an up-to-date subject about contemporary issues, such as the challenge of relating the way you live now to the possible global environmental change of the future. It'll also help you to develop a wide variety of personal study skills, preparing you for life beyond 6th Form.

6th Form GeographyEdexcel (GE0)

The Government and the media frequently make us aware of challenges such as earthquakes, urban changes, climate change and the superpowers of the world.

By studying this subject you have an opportunity to explore these problems and to understand the different types of solutions and management schemes that could be used.

Geographers are always in great demand for employment because of their ability to analyse data, write reports and generally be part of a team. Geography gives you many transferable skills and an understanding of the world around you.

This integrated specification provides all of this and complements many other subjects, especially biology, chemistry, economics, history, mathematics and physics. Links with these subjects help you to understand how the natural world evolves and how human communities have developed and function today.

Fieldwork is an integral part of the course and students will attend a residential trip where they will learn the requisite skills and collect information for their independent investigation.

components 

Paper 1

Focuses on the physical world and the impacts that it has on us. Topics covered include Hazards, Landscapes, Water Insecurity, Energy Insecurity and Climate Change Futures.

Paper 2

Covers Socio-Economic aspects of Geography such as Globalisation, Superpowers, Shaping Places, Connections, Demography as well as Human Rights, Identity and Sovereignty.

Paper 3

A Synoptic Paper which looks at an issue taken from two or more of the topics covered in the previous 2 papers. The focus will be on the stakeholders, the issues involved and the possible solutions.

Paper 4

An Independent Investigation in which the pupil defines a question for investigation that relates to the course content. The investigation must incorporate fieldwork and research and needs to be between 3000 and 4000 words.

Assessment 

Paper 1 – 2 hours, 30%

Mix of resource-linked questions, short answers and essays.

Paper 2 – 2 hours, 30%

Mix of resource-linked questions, short answers and essays.

Paper 3 – 1 hour 45 mins, 20%

Mix of 6-mark, 15-mark and 18-mark answers based around a resource booklet.

Paper 4

A report undertaken in lessons that is internally assessed and externally moderated.