GCSE Geography


Geography is the study of of the earth, and the role it plays in human society. Things like natural ecosystems, migration patterns, ethnic distribution patterns, and other human-environment interactions. Nothing could be more important in our ever globalising world than understanding the many links that connect us with the rest of the world!


That is the stand point we take in our highly successful GCSE course at George Spencer Academy. Consistently achieving above the national average we look to add breadth and depth to student understanding of the world around them in the new look GCSE course. Students will embark on a learning journey which will see them which will see them gain an appreciation of the physical and human geography of the UK. Topics such as landscape development; demographic issues such as an ageing population and sustainable cities of the future will be covered. In terms of the wider world student will gain an appreciation of the role of climate change, future energy provision and the impact on global ecosystems. In contrast to their study of Nottingham, students will also develop an understanding of the LIDC of Lithuania and its primate city, Vilnius



GCSE Exam Board - OCR Specification - 'A'


Past Papers

Click here to access past paper questions on topics your student will cover in their GCSE course. Select 'Past Papers' from the menu.


Recommended Revision Materials & Websites

Unfortunately there is no revision guide published for the 'new' GCSE course. However the revision guide here from CGP on the link below will cover the majority of topics on the course.


The following links can be used to help revise and complete activities to supplement the learning done in the classroom.


Units of Study

Geography GCSE is broken down as the following:

  • 100% Exam on the themes of UK, Wider World and Geographical Skills





 GCSE Geography students develop skills which allow them to not only play a role in solving these problems but also in becoming an asset to any business. The skills students develop during the GCSE course include:

  • Problem-solving & Logical thinking
  • Team work / interpersonal skills
  • Project work
  • Mapping
  • Data Analysis
  • Empathy
  • Understanding of scientific principles
  • Ability to adapt and transfer knowledge and skills to any situation


What could be more important than studying a subject that deals in contemporary issues, whether that is political unrest, sustainability of our energy supplies or dealing with natural disasters and the dynamic nature of our planet?



Famous Geographers!

    • Prince William
    • Michael Palin
    • Professor Ian Stewart
    • Mother Teresa



Students will undertake two compulsory day visits in Year 10 to the River Trent (at its source in Biddulph Moor) and in its middle course in the vicinity of Nottingham. In Year 11, students will be offered the chance to take part in one of two residential trips; a two-day visit to York and the Holderness coastline of NE Yorkshire or a four-day visit to Vilnius in Lithuania. This unique opportunity at George Spencer Academy affords our students the very best opportunities at accessing the highest grades possible during their exams.


(Time of Year: September/March | Approximate Cost: £50-£350)