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GCSE Geography

Two Year GCSE in Geography – Edexcel B

The syllabus is divided into 3:

Global Geographical Issues

UK Geographical Issues

People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions

An interest in the news from around the globe will allow students to appreciate the issues faced by people living in shanty houses or on the street following a natural disaster such as an earthquake.

Examples are taken from different parts of the world to investigate the ideas being taught.  This allows the students to develop a wider perspective of the world around them.

A Geographical background will prepare students well for life in the 21st century.  It will also equip you for a whole range of jobs such as Town Planning, Marketing, Management, Geology and Oceanography.  By studying Geography, students will literally have the world at their feet.


Global Geographical Issues

Topic 1: Hazardous Earth

Topic 2: Development dynamic

Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 37.5% of the qualification

UK Geographical Issues

Topic 4: The UK’s evolving physical landscape – including Coastal change and conflict and River processes and pressures.

Topic 5: The UK’s evolving human landscape – including a Case Study - Dynamic UK cities.

Topic 6: Geographical investigations – including one physical fieldwork investigation and one human fieldwork investigation linked to Topics 4 and 5.

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 37.5% of the qualification

People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions

Topic 7: People and the biosphere

Topic 8: Forests under threat

Topic 9: Consuming energy resources

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 25% of the qualification

GEOGRAPHY – Edexcel Board


Skills and Qualifications

Students will need to have:

·      the ability to carry out an investigation – devising questions to test a hypothesis

·      the ability to interpret evidence and analyse data

·      the ability to evaluate

·      the ability to justify a decision by arguing a case and reasoning

·      at least a grade B GCSE Geography


By studying this subject you will:

·      develop your social and environmental awareness

·      develop decision making skills involving environmental problems, management issues and locational decision making

·      consider values and develop critical thinking on a range of issues at a variety of scales

·      spatial awareness

·      analytical skills

·      problem solving

·      numeracy and literacy

·      computer skills

·      self management


Method of Assessment

•       Two year course with all exams taken at the end of year 13.

The 3 exams are worth 80 % of the total marks awarded.  An   Independent investigation will account for the remaining 20%. This will be based upon 4 days of fieldwork and will include a residential trip.

Physical Topics

Human Topics

•       Tectonic processes and hazards  Earthquakes and volcanoes

•       Water insecurity

•       Energy security

•       Coastal landscapes

•       Climate change futures


•       Globalisation

•       Super powers

•       Regenerating places

•       Migration, identity and sovereignty   or health human rights and intervention



Career Implications

Studying this subject may lead to a wide variety of career paths, including those involving management, problem solving and decision making. These might include: crime analyst, marketing, conservation, town planning, tourism, environmental conservation, housing association, hazard management and weather forecasting


If you require further information please contact the Geography Department.



We regard the teaching of history as an essential part of a student’s education. The students are encouraged to express their opinions and respect the views of others as good citizens. We hope that students will take an enjoyment of history beyond school and build from their experiences at Campion.  We are particularly pleased with the development of our history ‘Time Tunnel’ which gives us the opportunity to display many of the models and artefacts made by students for competitions.

Extra-Curricular clubs and activities

The history department hold a KS5 history film club and extra exam classes.  Year 7 visit to Warwick Castle. Year 9 visit a War Museum.

KS3: What will students learn?

The Roman Empire, Britain 1066-1500, Tudors and Stuarts, Slave Trade, Democracy in Britain, Native Americans.

KS3: Assessment

Class discussions, end of topic tests, producing handbooks and essays as part of their termly P2Ls.

KS4: What will students learn?

KS4 History (Edexcel 2016) – Russia 1917-39, The Cold War 1943-91, Medicine Through Time and Elizabeth 1558-88

KS4: Assessment and Qualification

Coursework controlled assessments and final exams.

KS5 History (Edexcel Route G)

Germany 1918-89, Italy 1911-46, British Experiences of Warfare 1790-1918 and Coursework Module.


Religious Studies

We offer courses of study including all six of the major world religions which are delivered throughout the secondary school age range and focus on the importance of ideas (philosophy) and their practical expression (ethics).

All students in years 9 and 10 follow the new AQA specification for RS at GCSE with an emphasis on Philosophy and Ethics. Year 11 students are following the OCR specification for RS.  In year 12, we run the AQA Philosophy AS and A2 Level and our year 13 students are currently completing the OCR A2 level in Philosophy and Ethics.

We encourage our students to appreciate different viewpoints on the matters we discuss whilst developing their own informed opinions. Students are taught how to communicate these views effectively and how to develop well-reasoned arguments - an important skill for life.

KS3: What will students learn?

Students in year 7 and 8 are assessed through class tests and homework tasks are used to support these. They study the following philosophical questions from the perspectives of Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

·       What does being reasonable about beliefs mean?

·       What does it mean to be happy?

·       Should we commit to loving our neighbour?

·       What makes us who we are?

·       Do animals have rights?

·       What beliefs are worth holding on to?

·       Is freewill an illusion?

KS4: What will students learn?

Compulsory GCSE for years 9 and 10: This Philosophy and Ethics GCSE covers Islam and Christianity, issues about the value of human life, Peace and conflict, the existence of God and Relationships. It is assessed through two written exams at the end of year 11.

GCSE Option for year 11: Current year 11 students are completing a Philosophy and Ethics GCSE covering topics such as Religion and Science, Human Relationships and Medical Ethics. End of life, Nature of Deity, Equality, Good and Evil and Religion, Peace and Justice. It is assessed through four written exams at the end of year 11.

KS5: What will students learn?

AS Level Philosophy for year 12 (leading to an A2): Current year 12 students are working towards an AS in Philosophy covering Epistemology and Philosophy of Religion. The course is assessed through one exam in year 12 and one in year 13.

A2 Level Philosophy and Ethics for year 13: Current year 13 students are completing their A2 in Philosophy and Ethics covering the Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics. The course is assessed through two exam papers at the end of year 13.