Learning Together For The Future

Key Stage 4 (AQA)

Course Overview

Ask yourself: ‘am I interested in Geography?’ Places and people are amazing and Geography is the key to understanding what makes them so. Geography tackles the big issues, including environmental responsibility, global interdependence and cultural understanding and tolerance, as well as being a practical subject. You only have to watch the news to realise how important Geography is to understanding what is happening and that there have never been more reasons to study it.

Students will follow the AQA GCSE Geography course. This specification has been selected as it combines Physical, Human and Environmental Geography in a balanced way and involves studies in a range of places and a range of scales. During the course, students will learn more about the natural landscape around us and discover the many ways in which humans have influenced it.

Assessment Criteria

Paper 1 - Living with the Physical Environment
Section A: The Challenge of Natural Hazards
Section B; Physical Landscapes in the UK
Section C; The Living World
Written Exam 1 hour 30 minutes, 35% of Final GCSE Grade
Paper 2 - Challenges in the Human Environment
Section A: Urban Issues and Challenges
Section B: The Changing Economic World
Section C: The Challenge of Resource Management
Written Exam 1 hour 30 minutes, 35% of Final GCSE Grade
Paper 3 - Geographical Applications
Section A: Issue Evaluation (decision making exercise) based on a pre-release booklet.
Section B: Fieldwork Questions
Written Exam 1 hour 15 minutes, 30% of Final GCSE Grade

Where next?

The study of Geography at GCSE is needed if you wish to study the subject at a higher level. The work covered at GCSE will also support you in other A-level subjects including the sciences and Economics.

If you have any questions or queries relating to the Geography curriculum please email for more information.