Head of Department: Mrs L. Matthew

Qualification: GCSEExam Board: AQAExam/NEA split: 100% exam

Unit 1: Living with the physical environment

Weighting: (35%)

90 minute exam 

Section A: The challenge of natural hazards (Tectonic hazards, Weather hazards and Climate change).

Section B: The living world (Ecosystems, Tropical rainforests, Hot deserts or Cold environments)

Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK (UK landscapes, Coastal landscapes and River landscapes).   

Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment

Weighting: (35%)

90 minute exam

Section A: Urban issues and challenges (the urban world, Urban change in the UK and Urban sustainability)

Section B: The changing economic world (The development gap, Nigeria: a newly emerging economy and The changing UK economy)

Section C: The challenge of resource management (Resource management and one of food management, water management or energy management).

Unit 3: Geographical application and skills

Weighting: (30%)

75 minute exam

Section A: Issue evaluation (based on pre-release material available 12 weeks before the exam)

Section B: Fieldwork (currently based on a trip to Leeds and Hornsea). Geographical Skills.

Course Summary:

The AQA specification enables 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 their classroom, exploring 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. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.Upon completion of this three-year course, students will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond.

More details: AQA - Geography