Examination Board: AQA

Specification: 8035


Description of Course

During the course you will study:

Living with the physical environment:

  • Natural Hazards including earthquakes, tropical storms, extreme weather and climate change.
  • UK Physical Landscapes including rivers and coasts.
  • The living World – Ecosystems including hot deserts and tropical rainforests.

Challenges in the human environment:

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management

You will also learn a range of geographical skills and how to apply your geographical knowledge to unfamiliar situations.  The course includes two days of fieldwork.


How Will You Learn

If you study GCSE Geography, you will learn using a variety of techniques including group work, research activities, class and group discussions, independent learning and peer teaching. 

Resources such as photographs, diagrams, maps, GIS and videos will help to bring topics to life and enhance your geographical understanding.

You will learn a range of geographical skills including data collection, presentation, analysis and how to draw conclusions based on the evidence you find.


Method of Assessment

Two written exams at the end of Year 11 examine the physical and human aspects of the course.  Each one is 1 hour 30 minutes long and is a mixture of short and long questions. These are worth 35% each of the final mark.

A third exam is 1 hour 15 minutes long and examines fieldwork and geographical skills. This is worth 30% of the final mark.


Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

As a subject Geography covers the arts, sciences and social sciences too, so leaves all options open to you.  It is viewed very favourably by employers and is on the top universities’ ‘facilitating subjects’ list.

GCSE Geography lays the foundation to study A level Geography which are offered at Liskeard School.


Career Routes

Many employers like Geography because of the transferable skills you will learn.  You could become a disaster manager, chartered surveyor, media researcher, be in the Armed forces, an environmental consultant, town planner, architect, or environmental planner.  You could work in conservation, emergency relief, overseas aid, administration or retail management.  The list is endless!


Pupil comments

“I really like Geography because it is a fun, hands on lesson and the field trips are really interesting.”

“Teachers are very helpful and enthusiastic about the subject.”

“Geography is a worthwhile subject; it is very broad and educates you in different aspects of the world and its processes.”





Examination Board: Edexcel                      

Specification: 1HI0


Description of Course

  • GERMANY 1918-1939: A depth study on the changes and their impact on Germany
  • THE AMERICAN WEST 1835-1895: Plains Indians and settlement, changes, conflict and tension
  • HENRY VIII: His ministers, wives and the reformation
  • CRIME AND PUNISHMENT: A study of the development and changes in Britain from c1000 to the present with a focus on Whitechapel (including Jack the Ripper)


How Will You Learn

If you study GCSE History you will learn through a wide range of teaching strategies to keep lessons varied and interesting - including full class teaching but also group work and discussion work. Videos, pictures and cartoons are also used, along with an interesting range of written sources, and the internet.

Students develop vital skills of analysis, interpretation and learn to think critically about evidence; they also gain an understanding of historical topics.

Examination: The course is assessed at the end of Year 11 with three exams in May/June

Paper 1            1 hour 15 written exam           30% of final mark.      Crime and Punishment

Paper 2            1 hour 45 written exam           40% of final mark.      American West, and Henry VIII

Paper 3            1 hour 20                               30% of final mark.      Germany 1918-1939


Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

GCSE history will help you understand the world we live in, through the study of interesting and relevant topics.

A GCSE in History is a highly respected qualification that links very well with other subjects.

The GCSE History lays the foundation to study AS and A2 level History which is on offer at Liskeard School


Career Routes

A GCSE in History shows that you have a number of skills that are transferable to other areas. It shows that you are able to construct detailed and well supported arguments, that you can look at a range of information and make sense of it and apply it, and that you can evaluate and analyse a range of sources.

A GCSE in History can help with careers such as journalism, teaching, the law, archaeology, heritage management, public services and many more.


Pupil comments

“Excellent teaching”

“It is a very interesting course – we really enjoyed it”

“We felt extremely prepared for the exams – we knew exactly what to do”

“Extremely supportive and encouraging teachers”

“Lessons are varied and keep us interested in our learning”





Exam board: Eduqas           Specification: Route A


Description of Course

A course for big thinkers! It will include topics that will challenge and deepen your thinking about the world around you. 

Students will explore a range of beliefs, religious and non-religious, finding out what values are important to different people and how that affects their attitudes and judgements on different issues. 

You will also engage with big questions about the UK and the world, such as ‘How do some justify the death penalty?’, ‘Why do people commit crime?’, ‘Should people always be free to say what they want, how they want?’, and ‘Is our economy fair?’.


How Will You Learn

You will enjoy a variety of activities in the classroom.  Expect group/paired work, independent study, research, discussion and debates.  You will develop your communication skills throughout the course.  Debates and discussions are encouraged; learn how to argue well! 


Method of Assessment

Examination: The course is assessed at the end of Year 11 with three exams in May/June:

Paper 1            2 hours                         50% of final mark.        Philosophy and Ethics

Paper 2            1 hour                          25% of final mark.        Christianity

Paper 3            1 hour                          25% of final mark.        Islam


Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

The skills and topics in this course directly link to A Level Philosophy and Ethics.  However, as the course demands the use of analysis, reasoned argument and extended writing, this course is also good preparation for AS/A2 History, Geography and English (all offered here at Liskeard School and Community College).


Career Routes

This GCSE prepares students well for a wide range of careers in many sectors, including law, journalism, politics, the charity sector, policing and other careers in the public sector.

A good GCSE grade shows the ability to think critically and analytically about some very difficult issues. It shows employers and places of further education that you can process complex information and that you can form your own reasoned and well-informed conclusions, and express those clearly. You will also develop your ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively.  These are very important transferable skills for the majority of careers.  Furthermore, in a multicultural world, an ability to understand different cultures and beliefs is becoming more and more desirable.


Pupil comments

‘You get to think about things that you’ll never learn anywhere else.’

‘It’s really helped me to think about my own opinions on some difficult topics such as life and death and abortion.’



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