Edexcel GCSE (9–1) Geography A (2016)

Here, you’ll find everything you need to prepare for the changes to GCSE Geography from 2016, including our accredited Edexcel GCSE (9–1) Geography A specification and sample assessment materials. 

Geographical themes and challenges

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Our new GCSE (9–1) Geography A specification takes a thematic approach, with content organised by physical and human environments. It also enables students to explore the people-environment challenges we face in the UK.

With help from hundreds of teaching professionals and the geography education community, we’ve created two new qualifications we know teachers want to teach and students want to study.

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Fieldwork is at the heart of our specifications because it’s the best way for students to experience geography in action.

Like you, we want to support your students in becoming confident, capable and successful geographers. That’s why we’ve worked with experts in geography, maths and literacy to develop our approach to help your students think geographically. This forms the basis of our most comprehensive support offering ever, and includes tools and materials to nurture your students’ abilities to:

  • ask geographical questions
  • learn about places, patterns and processes
  • use, interpret and analyse geographical data
  • use geographical terminology confidently in their writing.

Our assessments are designed to encourage all students to show what they know and understand about geography to the best of their ability.

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Our support takes many forms, all with the aim of helping you plan, teach, track and assess our new Edexcel GCSE (9–1) Geography A and B courses with confidence. From free events and materials to paid-for published resources, much of this support is already available for you to get started with now.

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Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A draft specification
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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level 1/2
Accreditation status:
Geography A
Specification codes:
UK and international
First teaching:
First assessment:
What's changing

Round-up of the changes

The first assessment of the new GCSE (9–1) Geography qualifications takes place summer 2018. To help you prepare, we've created a round-up of what's changing all in one place.

More on the changes to the geography qualifications

Download our brochure

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