Congratulations to everyone receiving their GCSE geography results today.
The number of students studying geography GCSE has continued to rise with 281,741 candidates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2021 – a 4.2% increase on 2020 (270,311 candidates). This is the tenth successive annual increase in candidate numbers for geography GCSE, and the second largest increase in numbers for a GCSE subject this year.
The Society's Director, Professor Joe Smith, said: “There has never been a better time to study geography. It gives young people a vital overview of the world's people, places, and environments; combines the natural and social sciences; and explores key issues and inter-dependencies at different scales. No other subject can claim such a unique place in the curriculum.
“Studying geography at GCSE also directly supports a wide range of different options for further study and careers, and geographers enjoy above average rates for graduate employment and earnings.
“The Society congratulates the students receiving their grades today, which are testament to their hard work under exceptional circumstances and the support of their teachers, parents and other carers.”
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Featured image: Results day courtesy of Thomas Tallis School via Flickr, under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.
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