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GCSE Geography

Natural disasters, population growth, food security … explore some of the most relevant, challenging issues facing today’s world in our GCSE Geography online course.

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Geographers have a crucial role to play in helping us to understand and tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, including complex issues such as natural disasters, population growth and food security.

Through our GCSE Geography online course, you’ll explore the awesome power of nature – from river formation and volcanic eruptions, to weather and earthquakes. By studying different societies worldwide, you’ll also learn how humans interact with and impact upon the natural environment.

GCSE Geography will help you to deepen your understanding of our physical and cultural world. You’ll gain practical investigative and map skills, alongside presentation, debating and report writing skills, as you develop a broad, highly relevant ‘geographer’s skill-set’.

Why study Geography?

Why is the world’s population growing rapidly? What causes earthquakes? What role do humans play in climate change? Our GCSE Geography online course tackles relevant questions about our world, through engaging topics.

Geographers are highly employable – they have a great range of skills and a deep understanding of the world, so this course opens up a wide range of future career possibilities, and is great preparation for further study.

Our Geography GCSE course is ideal if you:

  • Are keen to study geography at a higher level.
  • Have an interest in our natural world and the impact of humans upon it.
  • Aim to pursue a career in a related field.
  • Would like to build your skills in communication, problem-solving, IT and research to enhance your employability.

Future opportunities

  • Studying geography at A level.
  • A range of rewarding careers in fields such as conservation, urban planning, cartography, surveying, tourism, international aid, education and logistics.

Course content

Section 1: Introductory skills

  • Map reading
  • Introductory skills maps

Section 2: Population

  • World population growth
  • Factors influencing natural change
  • Population structure
  • Population distribution and density
  • Migration
  • Population and resources

Section 3: Settlement topics

  • Distribution and location of settlements
  • Settlement function
  • Urbanisation
  • Urban land use
  • Problems of urban growth
  • Environmental problems caused by urban growth

Section 4: Tectonic processes

  • Why does the Earth’s crust move?
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes

Section 5: Geological processes

  • Rocks and weathering
  • Rivers
  • Coastal processes and landforms

Section 6: Environmental processes

  • Weather
  • Climate
  • Ecosystems
  • Human use of ecosystems
  • Natural environments: benefits and hazards

Section 7: Economic activity

  • Development, economic activity and globalisation
  • Agricultural systems
  • Industry
  • Leisure activities and tourism

Section 8: Resources

  • Food resources
  • Water resources
  • Energy resources: supply and demand
  • Alternative energy resources

Section 9: Impact of economic development

  • Climate change
  • Economic development: advantages and disadvantages

Section 10: Investigative skills

  • Enquiry skills

Study IGCSE Geography with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Our exam booking service
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students


Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.

This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.

Your tutor

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.

Meet Alison who is just one of our first-class geography tutors.

Alison Leadbetter has taught Geography for more than 20 years. Throughout this time she has also tutored students privately for both GCSE and A level Geography for a number of examination boards. She has marked and moderated examinations in her post as regional advisor/moderator for Edexcel.

What you need to know

Exam board

  • CAIE 0976


  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor


  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 120-150*  hours plus time for completing assignments

*The specification suggests that 150 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 150 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 4 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.


  • 11 assignments (one introductory) – these do not contribute towards your final grade


  • Set textbook: Essential Mapwork Skills 2,  by S Ross, Nelson Thornes, 2007


  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are clear and transparent to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • 24/7 access to learn@nec platform and resources
  • Expertly designed online course materials (including ebook versions of textbooks where specified) that you need to complete the course and written to cover the carefully selected awarding body specification
  • Support from our Student Services team
  • Structured assignments to help you track your progress throughout your course
  • Guidance from your tutor for up to 18 months from your date of enrolment
  • Constructive feedback on your assignments from your tutor, to help you improve and prepare for exams
  • Guaranteed exam place
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner template to help you plan your study timetable
  • Information on how to apply for exams

Your course fee does not cover:

  • Any fees in relation to exam entries or assessments
  • Centre Assessment Grades (CAG) in the event of exam cancellation
  • Recommended textbooks for additional reading or set texts
  • Equipment for core practicals

If you need more support, you can purchase:

  • Online tutorials – if you need help with a specific topic you can arrange a 30 minute or 1 hour tutorial
  • Additional past paper marking – to help with your exam preparation
  • Revision tutorial –  to plan your revision and explore revision techniques
  • Help with your UCAS application service

For further information on additional/optional support you can purchase, please visit our additional services page.

Exams and assessment

Exams (three):

  • 45% of marks  (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 27.5% of marks (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • 27.5% of marks (1 hour 30 minutes)

There is no non-exam assessment (NEA) for this course

Additional support if you’re under 18

We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies. In our experience learning online works best when either a parent or guardian are involved. This is why NEC has developed our unique Progress Tracker to help you to support your child.

NEC’s Progress Tracker will allow you to easily track your child’s progress across their subjects and gain insight to how well they are doing through access to their assignment grades and tutor feedback.  

Read more about how we work with young students who are studying at home or through a school.

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