Higher   – Grades A* – D
Foundation  – Grades C – G


Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World   (37.5 %) (Paper is sat at end of Year 11)

External written exam 1 hour 30 minutes

Theme A: The Dynamic Landscape
Theme B: Our Changing Weather and Climate
Theme C: The Restless Earth


Unit 2: Living in Our World   (37.5 %)

External written exam 1 hour 30 minutes

This unit covers the following themes:

Theme A: People and Where They Live
Theme B: Contrasts in World Development
Theme C: Managing our Resources


Unit 3: Controlled Assessment: Fieldwork Report   (25 %)

This is the controlled assessment task. You will collect primary data and will write no more than 2000 words based on fieldwork study completed towards the end of Year 11. The study usually takes place on the River Yellow Water in the Mourne Mountains. This will be the basis of the controlled assessment, fieldwork report.


What Skills will you Develop?

Geography can help students develop a wide range of skills that are attractive to employers. These transferrable skills include:

  • Analytical skills
  • Data handling
  • Decision Making
  • Presentation techniques
  • Data collection
  • ICT skills
  • Investigative
  • Evaluative


Career Pathways

Geographers are very employable. The career choices through their direct use such as environment agencies and teaching and in many other indirect fields such as computing, media, tourism, public administration and transport.

“Geography is the subject that holds the key to our future” – Michael Palin

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