Exam Board Subject Leader
Edexcel Mr N Wylie

At GCSE, Geography students undertake the Edexcel GCSE in Geography Spec A. The GCSE is composed of three components, each composed of a number of topics.

 

Component 1: The Physical Environment

This component is worth 37.5% of the GCSE. Of the 94 marks available for this component, up to 4 marks are awarded for SPaG. Component 1 is assessed by written examination, lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes. The topics covered are:

  • Topic 1: The changing landscapes of the UK Two studies from coastal, river or glaciated landscapes.
  • Topic 2: Weather hazards and climate change Two studies of tropical cyclones (in a named developed and a named emerging or developing country) and two studies of drought (in a named developed and a named emerging or developing country). 
  • Topic 3: Ecosystems, biodiversity and management Two studies, one of a tropical rainforest in a named region and one of deciduous woodlands in a named region.   

 

Component 2: The Human Environment

Like Component 1, this component is worth 37.5% of the GCSE. Again, of the 94 marks available for this component, up to 4 marks are awarded for SPaG. Component 2 is assessed by written examination, lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes. The topics covered are:

  • Topic 4: Changing cities. Two studies including a UK city and a city from a developing or emerging country.
  • Topic 5: Global development. A study of a developing or emerging country.
  • Topic 6: Resource management.  A study of energy resources or water resources.  

 

Component 3: Geographical Investigations

This component is worth 25% of the GCSE. It is comprised of field work and UK Challenges. Of the 64 raw marks available, up to 4 marks are awarded for SPaG. The component is split as:

  • Topic 7: Geographical Investigations. This topic is assessed by field work and is worth 15% of the GCSE.
  • Topic 8: Geographical Investigations. This topic is a study drawing across knowledge and understanding from The Physical Environment (Component 1) and The Human Environment (Component 2). It is worth 10% of the GCSE.