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St Thomas More

Catholic School


Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel B Geography (9-1)

Course outline:

Pupils are studying the Edexcel GCSE Geography Specification B. There are three exam papers for this course: 'Global Geographical Issues', 'UK Geographical Issues' and 'People and Environment Issues - Making Geographical Decisions'.

For details on the structure of the course, please refer to the Curriculum Map.

Component 1: Global Geographical Issues

  • Topic 1 – Hazardous Earth
  • Topic 2 – Development Dynamics 
  • Topic 3 – Challenges of an Urbanising World 

Component 2: UK Geographical Issues

  • Topic 4 – The UK’s Evolving Physical Landscape
  • Topic 5 – The UK’s Evolving Human Landscape  
  • Topic 6 – Geographical Investigations

Component 3: People and Environment Issues: Making Geographical Decisions

  • Topic 7 – People and the Biosphere
  • Topic 8 – Forests under Threat
  • Topic 9 – Consuming Energy Resources

Why choose Geography at GCSE?

The Geography course allows you to engage with real-world issues and places, to build the understanding and skills necessary to make sense of the world around you. Geography requires you to be curious about current events and sustainability, so that you can think critically about the ways in which the environment and people are interconnected. Geography will develop your research and problem-solving skills in a wide range of situations, making it one of the most dynamic and relevant GCSE courses.


Students will be set one piece of homework per week. It should take between 40-60 minutes to complete.