Geography: GCSE

Qualification

Geography GCSE (AQA) 

Introduction:

In Geography students follow the AQA GCSE syllabus which examines living with the physical environment, challenges in the human environment and geographical applications.

Areas of Study will include:

  1. Living with the physical environment is split into three sections:
    • The challenge of natural hazards, which includes earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms and climate change.
    • The living world, which includes tropical rainforests and cold environments.
    • The physical landscapes of the UK, which includes rivers and coasts.

    2. Challenges in the human environment is also split into three sections:

    • Urban issues and challenges, which includes a case study of a major city in a LIC, a case study of a major city in the UK and sustainable urban living.
    • The changing economic world, which includes the development gap, a case study of a LIC and the economic future in the UK.
    • The challenge of resource management, which includes the demand for food, water and energy in the UK and global demand for energy and strategies to increase energy supply.

    3. Geographical Applications is divided into two sections

    • Issue evaluation is where you will use critical thinking and problem solving to evaluate a geographical issue from a resource booklet released 12 weeks before the exam.
    • Fieldwork, is where you are assessed on field work material from an unfamiliar context and on enquiry work that you have completed throughout the course. You will go on two fieldtrips; one to The Peak District to complete a river study and the other in Manchester to complete an urban study.

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Assessment:

The course is 100% exam based with three exams taken at the end of Year 11.

  • Living with the Physical Environment (1 hour 30 minutes, 35% of the GCSE)
  • Challenges in the Human Environment (1 hour 30 minutes, 35% of the GCSE)
  • Geographical Applications (1 hour 15 minutes, 30% of the GCSE)

 

Personal Attributes required:

Do you want to:

  • Learn more about the world we live in?
  • Learn through investigating and doing, not listening and reading?
  • Develop skills that will help you in other areas, such as IT and research?
  • Do some of my work away from the classroom?
  • Work in a team with other students?

Future Career Plans:

Geography is a traditional subject and is well respected by both colleges and Universities. Geography could also help you towards these careers and many more!!

Advertising, Architecture, Agriculture, Armed Forces, Banking, Business Management, Civil Service, Cartography, Environmental Studies, Advertising, Engineering, Geologist, Journalism, Law, Leisure and Tourism, Landscape Architecture, Marketing, Nature Conservation, Outdoor Pursuits, Publishing, Photography, Personal Assistants, Police, Social and Youth Work, Scientist, Teaching, Transport Services.

Homework Expectations:

There is an expectation that students will complete a range of written and research tasks throughout the course. This on average will take place every week.

 

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