Examination Board: AQA
Specification: 8035
Qualification: GCSE

Head of Department:
Mrs Clare Johnson




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Geography at GCSE builds on the foundation established at Key Stage Three. While some of the topics might be familiar, the applied approach to them means that Geography in years 10 and 11 is firmly based in the real world. 

We follow the AQA Geography (8035) specification in which there are three units:

  1. Living with the Physical Environment (1hr 30min Examination)- worth 35% of total marks
  2. Challenges in the Human Environment (1hr 30min Examination) - worth 35% of total marks
  3. Geographical Applications (1hr 15min Examination) – worth 30% of total marks

All three units will be assessed at the end of the KS4 course. 

Course content:

The knowledge, skills and understanding required for the course are learned through a combination of theory and real-life case studies. We study each topic by investigating issues on different scales (Global, International, National, Regional, Local) in countries as diverse as Nigeria, Brazil, USA, Great Britain and India, and use a variety of teaching and learning methods. These often include decision making exercises, independent enquiry and research, making models, presentations, group work, as well as class debate and discussion.

Unit One       Living with the Physical Environment

  • Section A: The Challenge of Natural Hazards: Tectonic hazards; major storm events; climate change
  • Section B: Physical Landscapes in the UK: Coastal and river landscapes in the UK
  • Section C: The Living World: Ecosystems; tropical rainforests; hot deserts

Unit Two      Challenges in the Human Environment

  • Section A: Urban Issues and Challenges: Opportunities and challenges in both rich and poor cities; sustainable urban living
  • Section B: The Changing Economic World : Global development gap; economic futures in the UK; rapid economic development in a newly emerging economy 
  • Section C: The Challenge of Resource Management – Supply and demand  for food, water and energy, on a UK and a global scale

Unit Three   Geographical Applications

  • Section A: Issue Evaluation 

Students will study a contemporary geographical issue using a pre-released booklet which is available to use in the examination. Students will be able to consider a selection of proposed solutions, make decisions and justify their choices, and examine conflicting viewpoints about the issue. 

  • Section B: Fieldwork

Students will undertake two geographical enquiries collected as part of a fieldwork exercise. Students will be examined to assess their understanding of the process of fieldwork and enquiry, using both their own fieldwork experiences and unfamiliar contexts.


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