what is a better gcse history or geography?

  • 4 votes

i'm in yr9 and have chosen geography for my y10 options...

but i'm not sure about this..

any opinions on what is better.(history or geography?).

Posted Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 20:00 by rimsha_R

46 Answers

  • 9 votes

I did Both. I found both of them relatively easy as i engoyed the subject. The subject is only hard if you don't put the effort it. Put the effort in and you'll come out with those As and A*s

They are both good qualifications but if you are considering to take it onto A level, history would be better as it is an english based subject -( i am also takign both here and actually prefer Geogrpahy)

The Universities like it as it involves essay writing (showing good english skills) and The ability to retain lots of information

Both involve courseowrk so you can't choose one to get out of it

So i would find out what the courses are (you don't want to end up doing a really boring part of history and wished you had done geography or visa versa) Then choose the one you are mst interested in.  This way you will achieve the best grade and even if you don't want to take them at A level, you will have a good Grade

If you know what you want to do at university Geography is considered a science and history an art so if you want something science based you should chose Geography so you can take it at A level if you wish, again, visa versa

Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 20:44 by Alex
Edited by Alex on Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 07:47
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I did both Geography and History at GCSE, AS and A2 level. 

Both are brilliant subjects. To be quite frank, if you're thinking about applying for geography or history at university they won't really be too bothered about what subjects you did at GCSE. If you took neither at GCSE but wished to take it at A level, then many colleges (including mine) will look at alternative grades in subjects such as English for History and both English and Maths for Geography. So don't worry too much.

In terms of whether a GCSE in a subject will put you in a good stead for A levels .. I think it can but to a certain degree. For example, I found my GCSE Science particularly useful for when I chose AS Biology. However, for both Geography and History, the exam boards I did my GCSEs in those subjects are not the same exam boards I am currently doing my A levels with. Therefore, the course content didn't really follow on and I did find it a bit weird adapting to the different styles of questions.

My best advice is chose a subject which you enjoy doing. Like I said, subject choices at GCSE don't really matter. Just chose a subject that you know you are capable of achieving the highest grade - and this is often in subjects you like the most. It's only at A level when you should chose subjects carefully. For example, if you wanted to go on to study Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary Science and you took French, History, English and Music, the chances of you getting a place are practically zero (unless you did a foundation year which are even more competitive).

Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 20:55 by Christopher Cartwright
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I personally think geography is muchhhh better, its really alike  chemistry and biology and really quite general knowledge, for example recently in geography we were learning about what Less Economically Developed contries use water for ; which a person would know without really trying :(farming:P) . History is good if you like English and pyscology ( as i've learnt by my friends), which is your personal taste, good luck with your decision ;)

Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 20:29 by Lamise Hassan
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Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 21:02 by rimsha_R
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I do both at GCSE. If I'm honest, Geography is an easy A, in my opinion, as you just need memorise generic answers however what I don't like about it is the fact that it changes quite frequently so it isn't really a set syllabus. On minute you can write LEDC and MEDC and next minute you can't. Some cases you learn in class can also become invalid which is annoying as you have to learn a new one. As for history its set and it can't change and it's easier to memorise content however you need the ability to manipulate what you have learnt to answer the questions. Perhaps it depend on the exam board you do...

Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 22:38 by Rachel A
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I have done both, and gcse geo is harder for me than history, i have a passion for history and i love it! gcse geo is more technical base, you should ask both your teachers. i got full marks on both my c/ws but i enjoy history alot more, im doing history for alevel, but thats just me, its up to youu, history there is alot of memorising to do, and geo is alot of explaining, and questions about how things form, i prefer history. you should as your teachers :) hope tht helps, both subjects invole alot of memorising, but if your up to it then do both, you just have to be abit more organised, but you should be okai :) some people prefer geography than history. If you like learning about the past and how developments were made, and if you like learning about WW1 and 2 then history is for you :) however, if you like learning about how the earth was formed and how things are created then geo is for you :) in geo i like doing plate tectonics. But i enjoy history soo much more :) just ask both your history and geo teacher, and do what u enjoy, because if you dont enjoy it then for 2 years u wont like any of the lessons and u wont be wanting to revise the subject and could end up with a grade and regrets wishing you chose another subject. :)

Answered Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 14:50 by Kavita :)
Edited by Kavita :) on Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 14:57
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I took both at GCSE and I personally found History not only more interesting but easier than Geography. At my school we do six topics in Geography over 2 years and an exam at the end of the two years, however in History I did 3 topics in my first year and an exam (which accounted for 40% of my final grade) and then a further 3 topics and exam, accounting for the same percentage and two pieces of coursework which were each 10%. As you may figure, remembering 3 topics is far easier than 6 in Geography as well as a hefty list of case studies which you'll have to learn with detail if you want to achieve at least a C.

Exam wise, History is solely essay answers where Geography will include a fair amount of essay writing but you may be able to pick up points on small one sentence answers.

Both subjects entail coursework so there is no way of getting out of that!

I personally enjoyed History more because of the topics and I found it more interesting and thoroughly enjoyed all the topics whereas Geography included bits I enjoyed, for example The One Child Policy and Tetonics, but on a whole I found it not only mind-numbingly dull but also I found it difficult to remember six detailed topics as well as about 20-30 case studies.

That being said I think it really depends on the person and what they enjoy because some people might find Geography more better than History.

Whatever you decide to do, good luck and put in 110% effort and don't settle for anything but the best you can be.(:

Answered Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 23:56 by ikram abdulle
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In the history course I'm doing we are studing at the moment the American West (Cowboys and Indians that kind of stuff) later on in the year we are going to study the Vietnam War and after that its medicine through time (theres one more topic but I've seem to forgotten it).

It contains mainly exams with a bit of course work involved as well - just in case your wondering

Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 20:08 by lbennetts
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History is well better!! My friend took geography but then changed to history - apparently, many people regret taking geograohy as it is very hard and you have to be really good at it in order to do well at it in GCSE's ..... Just take whichever one you find easiest and enjoy because trust me, being stuck with a subject that you dont like and find difficult is not fun!! For example, I took spanish even though I wasnt good at it, and now I regret it... Sooo basically, just take a subject that you enjoy and find easy as it will get much harder at GCSE! :) Good luck, and btw I would presonally recommend History as we are learning about medicine and surgey which is soo interesting!! And besides, its never too late to change as I changed one of my subjects at the beginning of year 10!! :)

Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 20:20 by Sara
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Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 20:28 by rimsha_R
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thankks 4 the help and advice everyone :D ;) :P

Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 20:49 by rimsha_R
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do geography it is really easy and my friends that did history say they really regret it, my friend is usually a* student but got a  d in her history exam !

Answered Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 17:19 by bek
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I'm doing both and i must say i enjoy learning them both.

Answered Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 20:02 by Aliyah Iqbal
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I did GCSE Edexcel history- it was great! And now I've taken it onto A level.

I never really liked Geography, but would say that History is better as it is also classed as a humanities subject, which is a bonus as Universities look at 'hard' subjects and humanities. Also, history is a 'hard' subject, as it includes using your opinion and backing that up with arguments.

Good luck with any exams everyone!

Answered Sat 28th May, 2011 @ 11:44 by Ria
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History is a very respected subject, and so this is probably the better option if you don't know what you want to do in the future because of this and the fact that it is an essay writing subject, and is therefore applicable to all humanities.

Answered Mon 30th May, 2011 @ 16:25 by Little Miss Chatterbox
Edited by Little Miss Chatterbox on Sun 12th February, 2012 @ 12:45
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i have taken history for gcse, infact i have a history gcse coming up on tuesday, and i have really enjoyed it. it is definately an essay based subject, so you have to enjoy or atleast not mind writing essay answers in exams, and it is quite specific as to the structure of those essays, but once you have the hang of it, it isnt hard! the subjects i studdied i really enjoyed! i did USA throught the 40's, 50's and 60's, so the civil rights act, student/women protests etc, nazi germany, cold war, and for my coursework i did the troubles in northern ireland. this course was edexcel gcse B, but different courses will studdy different periods of time, so check with your teacher. but i would definatley say do history, i know i can not compare it to geography as i did not do that, but i have really enjoyed history throught years 10/11 and am doing it next year for A-s/A-level also!

Answered Wed 1st June, 2011 @ 16:28 by Hannah
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Geography!! :D

Well, in the end its up to you so do the one you most enjoy, and see what your teachers say! :)

Answered Wed 1st June, 2011 @ 16:30 by Emma
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To be honest - they will both help get you the English Baccualarette ( apologies for spelling!) as you need English, Maths, Science, a Language and a Humanity ( Geography or History). I'm personally taking History because i prefer the subject - but they both contribute towards the E Bacc!!

Answered Sun 5th June, 2011 @ 11:55 by TayaMairead
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I've chosen history, waiting to start the GCSE course in September. When thinking about university, most people will have made the choice. Both are very similar and you needn't worry about your choice. My father looks at the range of subjects when deciding who to hire. Just make sure you choose your most favourite one, and if you love them both, do both. If you only want to do one and you can't choose, select the one you find easiest.

Good luck :)

Answered Sun 5th June, 2011 @ 12:07 by Anna Berryman
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I don't do GCSE Geography but I do GCSE History instead and I LOVE IT ! It is amazing but I'm not gonna lie to you , it is a lot of hard work, I personally have always loved history but its not everyones cup of tea - tell me a little 'bout yourself and what other subjects are you taking ?

Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 20:04 by lbennetts
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History is a lot better

Answered Fri 27th May, 2011 @ 09:55 by lilz-m
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Geography is useful and interesting to do but it depends which exam board you are doing, we do modular exams so its better to take information in chunks. Only coursework seemed a bit confusing but everything else was good.

Answered Fri 27th May, 2011 @ 21:02 by Tamanna
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i absolutely hate history, but maybe it be because i have an awful teacher :L. He thinks that it's better if we watch a video cos he cba to teach. yeah, that bit's fun, but when it comes round to exams and practice papers, WE ALL FAIL :@

Answered Mon 6th June, 2011 @ 16:24 by Zak Nathan
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Geography :)

Answered Mon 6th June, 2011 @ 18:18 by Morgan S
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I did both at GCSE At Got Good Grades, I would suggest to pick both but if you don't like one - Make sure you drop it and always ask for help

And revise HARD and the grades will follow

Answered Mon 6th June, 2011 @ 18:35 by Ashlee
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history is wayy better i know loads of people that did geography and hated it but i suppose its all dependent on how good you feel ablut each subject and what the topic is for each because that may sway your decision massively!!! =D

Answered Mon 6th June, 2011 @ 20:42 by olivia
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I do both, and I think that with subjects like this it's all about personal talent and preferences. But if you can only do one do geography. It rocks :D

Answered Mon 6th June, 2011 @ 22:41 by T
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no way! not history! thats the only thing i'm good at in school :)x

Answered Wed 15th June, 2011 @ 19:20 by Sara
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Trust me - HISTORY. But then again it depends on what your schools better at teaching, if more more people are getting A*s in Geography rather than History then I suggest you choose Geography and vice versa

Answered Sat 14th January, 2012 @ 22:26 by Deep
Edited by Deep on Sat 14th January, 2012 @ 22:27
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HISTORY for definite!

Answered Tue 17th January, 2012 @ 19:23 by Nearly Einstein
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I'm in YR9 now and i've read the other comments, which helped me alot. Ima choose history now because i wasn't sure on what to choose, geography or history because i enjoy both subjects and we can only choose one. Thanks people(:

Answered Fri 20th January, 2012 @ 17:56 by Razia Shahab
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It depends whether or not ur good at english because in history there r many times essays and the exams are essay style and ur marked on ur english wehreas in geography there is much less english... there r short questions and long 1s so its up 2 u really but dont take history if u cant rite essays ** hope this helps **

Answered Tue 24th January, 2012 @ 18:13 by Saskiaaaa <3
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I couldn't decide either when I was in your year, I liked them both and we where advised not to do both. I chose history and I love it, it is more writing but it's really interesting, it depends what board you are on but a lot of them are really interesting, I moved school in year 10 and most of the people in my new school do both and they cope fine with it ! Hope this helped **

Answered Tue 24th January, 2012 @ 18:51 by Meg Price
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Hi there dont worry too much! But see it as following the subject you love! Because there's nothing like sitting in a lesson wishing you hadn't picked it. I am currently studying History Gcse and I find it amazing! I was going to do Geography but then decided not to, but my friend is studying it and says it brilliant. Howvever both of these subjects are highly valued and great to study! 

Plus both of them count towards the English Bac!

Good luck!:)

Answered Mon 30th January, 2012 @ 16:55 by Sanna
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No the coursework in history is fine , its barley any

Answered Mon 30th January, 2012 @ 18:17 by Meg Price
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are we aloud to do history and geography in your GCSE

Answered Thu 20th October, 2016 @ 16:56 by megan_ord666
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I find that history is a lot more engaging and interesting.Geography might be a bit harder to pass because besides the case study's its mainly wrong or right answers where as history includes opinios and you can sneak in a cuple of marks, i personally don't find it difficult.Some people think that the essays for history make the subject harder than geo but really at the end of the day everything requires you to study and know what you are doing and youll have to put in effort wether geography or history.If youre looking for something interesting and mind opening though for an igcse subject i would personally encourage History as it has benefits in many areas of life.

Answered Fri 6th January, 2017 @ 11:57 by Word_Addict
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hey im just about to choose my options which is better geography or history im not fussed about which is easy but one which will be there for future references

Answered Mon 12th February, 2018 @ 21:02 by priyaubhi
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geo or history

Answered Mon 12th February, 2018 @ 21:03 by priyaubhi
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i would say stick with geography - this is because it is relatively easy to cope with in comparison to history where its LONG. i picked geogrpahy and find it really interesting and may want to pursue it further. 

if u really want to do fast track make sure you know u'll be able to cope with it - coz it gets HARD 

i'm in year 11 right now -- gna do my GCSE'S soon - wish me luck!!!!!!

Answered Wed 21st February, 2018 @ 21:46 by amnabh
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Just go with what you enjoy more. They both count as humanities and therefore should be OK. If your’e planning in pursuing a career directly related to one of the subjects, choose that subject. Personally, I like History wayyyy more as you can increase your English skills and it’s quite interesting to see different views. However, Geography could help with scientific graph skills and environmental chemistry but that’s about it. Hope it helps!

Answered Sat 30th June, 2018 @ 13:35 by Mohammed Adi Hussain
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In my opinion, History is far more interesting than Geography. Although there are more career options in Geography, it is hard to get in to a job and History often becomes more relevant in every day life. For instance, it is talked about more, you often hear people say something like ‘Back in the day..’ or ‘Once..’ and this is all History. It’s important to learn about the past and not make the same mistakes again. History is more English based, so History can help with English skills and vice versa. Geography is more science based. Don’t choose Geography because it’s “easier” (it’s not!), choose what interests you.

Answered Fri 7th February, 2020 @ 16:30 by LocalLoser224
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So i would find out what the courses are (you don't want to end up doing a really boring part of history and wished you had done geography or visa versa) Then choose the one you are mst interested in.  This way you will achieve the best grade and even if you don't want to take them at A level, you will have a good Grade

Answered Thu 26th March, 2020 @ 19:07 by JoshFerguson
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i did a fast track course for both, and i personally enjoyed geography more as it more relevant today whereas history is all about the past but the interesting bits :)

the thing with both history and geography is that it is alot of hard work and alot of coursework

so choose the one you think you will enjoy the most ask your teacher for the textbook of the course your school is doing from here you can see what the content is really like not just the chance to go on good trips

also it depends on your future career or what you think you would like to do

it may seem far away but if you plan properly you will be alot happier with your choice

Answered Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 12:48 by Tiffany
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erm for one dont take both of them you will die of bordom according to my friends. at the moment im in year 10 and i have chosen geography and i enjoy it a lot my average mark is an A*/a

but its your choice 

chose a subject which you enjoy doing

in geography and history you go on trips

most likely to go on trips in geography

geography is about the world and help you understand current events.  

geography is also in some unis classified as a science subjuct

you get to learn about the earth and how the earth is formed and how money is a problem around the world as well as natural causes.  itg is a good choise to rtake geography as science can be involved and if you are good at science it could help you in the geography tests. it can also help you generally.  you get to learn about the natural features too.

one thing that you can do is calculate your average in geography and history

if geographys got a better average take that if not take history

according to my friends there is a lot of course work in history expeccially about the ww2.  

chose which one is more related to what you want to do in the future

sometimes do not think about the teachers who are going to teach it and weather they are good at controlling the class or not.  you techers are qualified with high marks to be able to teach.  if you dont understand something do after school to see them.  

as well as that think about how committed you could be to the subject chosen.  REMEMBER YOUR GOING TO DO THE SAME SUBJECT FOR ABOUT 2 YEARS. 

hope that makes sence :L

hope it helps :)

Answered Tue 17th January, 2012 @ 19:47 by saraaax
Edited by saraaax on Tue 17th January, 2012 @ 19:53
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Everyone In my year (year 11) who has taken history hates it because the course is just boring and hard. you dont have to take history at gcse to do it in sixth form you just have to get a C in english
I do geography and it's great and easy were doing volcanos at the mo which is really fun but like any subject you have to work hard
If your other options are things like science or a language would definetily do geography because they go really well together
Look at which your best at in my opinion with both of them your either good at them or your not
So basically don't do history unless your really good at it and are prepared to die of boredom :) hope this helps **

Answered Tue 24th January, 2012 @ 16:48 by Omletty