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Uxbridge High School

GCSE Grade Descriptors

The student has shown the ability to independently bring to bear a wide range of geographical knowledge and skills when analysing a range of geographical processes and environments including real life fieldwork scenarios.

The student has been able to use and evaluate a range of geographical skills and techniques effectively drawing on a deep reserve of physical, human and environmental knowledge.

The student has written perceptively about complex interactions and interrelationships between people and the environment and between geographical phenomena.

The student has been able to show some independence in applying knowledge to analyse a selection of physical, human and environmental geographic contexts and case studies.

The student has constructed coherent arguments and drawn justified conclusions about geographical processes by applying a range of knowledge and geographical skills.

The student has shown signs of developing their competence to be able to apply knowledge and skills to real life contexts including case studies and fieldwork.

The student has started to develop basic geographical skills of data handling relating to real life scenarios including fieldwork, map work and GIS.

The student has made straightforward comments with some supporting evidence on a geographical issue using basic geographical skills and limited knowledge.

The student has started to develop basic geographical knowledge of processes and interactions across the curriculum.


The student has displayed a limited range of knowledge about a geographical topic at a simplistic scale.


The student has provided some general written information about a geographical process or interaction between people and place.


The student has been capable of very limited communication of general knowledge about a geographical topic.