OCR A: Geographical Themes (9-1)

GCSE Geography is taught in conjunction with our partner school, Solway Community School. This specification followed is brand new and it includes exciting content, exploring both the geography of the UK and the wider world, as well as fieldwork opportunities. Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is hands on, it is relevant and it is fun.

Course Content

Unit 1: Living in the UK today (landscapes, people and environmental challenges)

Unit 2: The world around us (ecosystems, people and environmental threats)

Unit 3: Geographical skills (graphs, maps, statistics, your own fieldwork). You are required to undertake two pieces of fieldwork, one human and one physical.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 – 1 hour 15 minutes, 60 marks (30%)

Unit 2 – 1 hour 15 minutes, 60 marks (30%)

Unit 3 – 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks (40%)

Where can geography take me?

According to the Royal Geographical Society, geography graduates have some of the highest rates of graduate employment.

Geography is great for any kind of career that involves the environment, planning, or collecting and interpreting data. Popular careers include:

  • Urban designer
  • Environment Agency – Flood Management Officer
  • Countryside Planner
  • Recycling Officer
  • National Trust – Park Ranger
  • Landscape Architect
  • Travel Agent and Tourism
  • Weather forecasting
  • Charity work and development

The army, police, government, research organisations, law and business world also love the practical research skills that geographers develop.

Because geographers learn about human and population development, geography can be useful for jobs in charity and international relations too.

Read more here about why students should choose to study geography.