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GCSE Geography

GCSE Geography

Head of Department: Mr P Bittles
GCSE Specification: AQA 8035 (9-1)


Course Outline

This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them while developing pupil’s global perspectives.

Pupils will explore case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use.

As part of the course, pupils must attend two separate day trips in the UK to investigate both physical and human processes in the world. The cost of the trip is added to termly bills; please enquire for further information.

Choose GCSE Geography and you will learn how today’s world was shaped and understand the challenges we face in the future. You will also examine the Earth’s natural resources and the increasing battles between the man-made and natural world. This knowledge, paired with your essential curiosity, will give you the sought-after transferable skills for success in further education and the workplace. As geographers, you will develop your ability of “systems thinking” which is recognised by educators, entrepreneurs and employers as one of the most valuable skills for the 21st century.

Living with the physical environment

Discover more about the challenge of natural hazards and the living world, physical landscapes of the United Kingdom and human interaction with them. This unit develops an understanding of the tectonic, geomorphological, biological and meteorological processes and features in different environments. It provides you with the knowledge about the need for management strategies governed by sustainability and consideration of the direct and indirect effects of human interaction with the Earth and the atmosphere.

Challenges in the human environment

This unit is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. You will develop an understanding of the factors that produce a diverse variety of human environments; the dynamic nature of these environments that change over time and place; the need for sustainable management; and the areas of current and future challenge and opportunity for these environments.


Course Structure

There are three written examinations.

Paper 1: Physical Environment 1.5 hours (35%)

Challenge of natural hazards

The living world – ecosystems, rainforests and deserts

Physical landscapes of the UK – rivers and coasts


Paper 2: Urban Issues and Challenges 1.5 hours (35%)

Changing Economic World

Urban Issues and Challenges

Challenge of Resource Management – Food


Paper 3: Issue Evaluation 1.5 hours (30%)

(based on pre-released resource booklet which pupils can access 12 weeks before the examination date)

Fieldwork-based on 2 geographical enquiries, collecting primary data in contrasting environments during the two field trips.

Geographical skills – based on the use of maps, graphs and statistics.



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