Geography A (9030)

This is our current GCSE specification.
For our new specifications see:

GCSE Geography (8035)

GCSE Geography A is our largest and most successful Geography specification.

 This popular course offers:

  • engaging and topical content
  • a stimulating blend of traditional and contemporary Geography to suit students of all abilities
  • the study of physical and human Geography in discrete, self-contained topic areas
  • a focus on physical processes and factors that produce diverse and dynamic landscapes over time.

Study of this course will give students of all backgrounds the opportunity to develop:

  • communication skills
  • graphical and cartographical skills
  • technological skills including ICT and GIS
  • interpersonal skills through debate and discussion
  • literacy and numeracy skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • entrepreneurial skills and awareness of career possibilities.

This course has 25 per cent controlled assessment and is suitable for students wishing to study a variety of subjects at a higher level.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar 

Use our interactive spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) resource to give you and your students guidance on how SPaG is assessed. The resource contains five examples with different selected SPaG marks.

Our step-by-step guide to GCSE Geography controlled assessment is designed to support you and make the process clearer. From contacting your controlled assessment adviser to task marking and standardisation, download the guide to make sure you have all the support materials you need. This guide is relevant to both specification A and specification B.

Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


Amended due to Changes to GCSEs, including marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Codes and references

Qualification type GCSE
Specification title Geography A
Specification code 9030
QAN codes 600/6067/0

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Talk to us

Michelle Atherton, AS and A-level Geography Qualifications Developer.
Tel: 01483 477 791