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Geography GCSE FAQS

Spec details

Q: What's new?


  • There's no coursework or controlled assessment
  • The course is linear
  • There are no tiered papers
  • Students need to carry out fieldwork on two separate occasions
  • The new specifications place a greater emphasis on mathematical and statistical skills in a geographical context (10% of overall marks)
  • There is also a greater emphasis on the geography of the UK
  • Students will receive a numerical rather than alphabetical grade
  • Key dates

    Q: What happens when?

    A: First teaching of the new GCSE specs began in September 2016. The first exams will be in the summer of 2018.


    Q: How will the new GCSEs be graded?

    A: The new GCSEs will be graded 1 - 9, with 9 being the top grade, to allow greater differentiation between students. The 9—1 structure will replace the current A*-G. Ofqual have said that broadly the same proportion of students will receive a grade 4 and above as currently achieve a grade C and above. Broadly the same proportion will achieve a grade 7 and above as currently achieve A or A*.

    Useful links

    Q: Where can I find out more?

    A: There is more information available on the exam boards' websites, where you can also download their specifications - follow the links on the right. You might also be interested in:

  • GCSE Geography subject content (DfE)
  • GCSE Geography assessment objectives (DfE)
  • New resources

    Q: Which specifications has Oxford published resources for?

    A: We have published three brand new courses. These support the AQA, Edexcel B, and OCR B specifications. You can order an evaluation pack here.