International GCSE Geography (9230)

International GCSE Geography

Students will travel the world from their classroom with this globally relevant specification.

OxfordAQA International GCSE Geography is a globally relevant course which introduces students to the fundamental theories, concepts and processes of geography at global, regional and local scales, with the opportunity for teachers to use relevant local examples. 

  • Explores the interactions between the man-made and natural worlds, including the crucially important global mega trends of climate change, population change and resource provision.
  • The breakdown of content into three papers covering physical geography, human geography and fieldwork ensures smooth progression from GCSE to A-level.
  • This equal weighting of physical and human geography allows students to investigate the links between the two themes.
  • Content is designed to be of particular interest to students in the Middle East and Asia, with opportunities for local fieldwork to enrich understanding and engagement.

International GCSE Geography (9230)

View the switching guide to see the differences between your old International GCSE Geography specification and the OxfordAQA specification (version updated February 2023).

OxfordAQA International GCSE Geography covers the following topics:

Living with the physical environment
  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • The living world (ecosystems, tropical rain forests and hot deserts)
  • Physical landscapes (including the Middle and Far East)
Challenges in the human environment
  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • Global issues (water, energy, population change, communication)
Geographical and Fieldwork skills
  • Geographical skills
  • Fieldwork skills in unfamiliar contexts
  • The individual fieldwork enquiry

OxfordAQA provides all the resources and advice you need to teach the International GCSE Geography specification effectively.

We have too many resources to list here, so please visit our resources area for teachers to see them all, including:

  • Schemes of work to allow you to plan how to deliver the specification in a way that will best suit you and your students
  • Teaching guidance to outline clearly the scope of teaching and learning
  • Topic tests and mock exam analysers to allow you to track your students’ progress

  • Paper 1: Living with the physical environment. 1 hour 30 minutes.
    80 marks. 36%
  • Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment. 1 hour 30 minutes.
    80 marks. 36%
  • Paper 3: Geographical and Fieldwork skills. 1 hour 15 minutes. 60 marks. 28%


  • Linear: students sit all exams at the end of the course.
  • Students cannot re-sit individual components.
  • Students can re-take the whole qualification as many times as they wish.

Specification update:
We made minor changes to the assessments of International GCSE Geography in November 2021. These changes were made following feedback from OxfordAQA teachers in order to support our commitment to Fair Assessment. Details of the changes to International GCSE Geography can be found here.

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