Geography GCSE

AQA GCSE Geography

What is the subject and why should you study it?

The AQA specification is taught through a variety of teaching and learning approaches. This exciting and relevant course studies Geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them. Students will travel the world from the classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). This also includes students undertaking both human and physical fieldwork outside the classroom. Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes

Course content

Geographical skills – running through all units.

Unit 1 – Living with the physical environment:

  • Section A: The challenge of natural hazards.
  • Section B: The living world.
  • Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK.

Unit 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.

Unit 3 – Geographical applications:

  • Section A: Issue evaluation.
  • Section B: Fieldwork

How is the course assessed?

There are three exams at the end of the course:

  • Paper 1 examines unit 1 – 35%
  • Paper 2 examines unit 2 – 35%
  • Paper 3 examines elements of all 3 units and includes questions on fieldwork and a seen resource booklet which is available up to 12 weeks before the date of the exam – 30%

The papers are a mixture of multiple-choice, short answer and long answer questions

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