Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

GCSE Geography

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our GCSE Geography specification gives students a fascinating insight into how human and physical processes interact. Students develop their understanding of how geographical concepts affect our changing world. They examine how the growing worldwide population increases the demand on Earth’s systems. Students also develop as global citizens and recognise how they can contribute to a sustainable and inclusive future.

All units are externally assessed and cover a range of topics, including population and migration, contrasts in world development, climate change and the restless Earth. Students develop key transferable skills, such as data handling and analysis, self-management and problem solving.

Students’ learning extends beyond the classroom; they take part in fieldwork to collect primary data. They then present and analyse results, draw conclusions and reflect critically on the process.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in Geography is unitised, so it’s possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has three units:

  • Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World
  • Unit 2: Living in Our World
  • Unit 3: Fieldwork.

(PDF), Last Updated: 01 September 2017

Specification (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 09 October 2017
Specification (Irish-Medium)

Related Circulars

S/IF/29/19 - April 2019 - GCSE Geography (Revised) Summer 2019 series
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 April 2019

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Speciman Assessment Materials (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 13 October 2017

Past Papers

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View Chief Examiner/Principal Moderator Reports


GCSE and GCE A/AS Examinations Summer 2019 E-Moderation Product-Type Subjects Instructions to Teachers
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 February 2019

GCSE Geography A3 Ordnance Survey Map: Durham
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

GCSE Geography U3 Fieldwork
(DOCX), Last Updated: 06 June 2018

Planning Framework
(DOCX), Last Updated: 15 August 2017

(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Student Guide
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Unit 3: Fieldwork - Frequently Asked Questions
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 June 2018

Unit 3: Fieldwork - the fieldwork statement and table of data
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 June 2018

Unit 3: Fieldwork Cover Sheet
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 May 2018

Unit 3: Fieldwork the enquiry approach to Geography fieldwork
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 June 2018