GCSE Geography

Exam Board: AQA

Why choose GCSE Geography?

Geography is not only up-to-date and relevant, it is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today. So many of the world's current problems boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them.

Global warming, sustainable food production, natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, the spread of disease, the reasons for migration and the future of energy resources are just some of the great challenges facing the next generation of geographers.

Choosing geography at school can open the doors to a university degree, either specifically in geography or by combining geography with other A Levels to gain a place on a degree programme in another subject.  A GCSE in geography is recognised for its academic ‘robustness’ and, most importantly, it also helps young people into the world of work.

We know this is true because so many employers prize the knowledge and skills that    studying geography can provide, be it knowing how the world works, planning research and report writing, working in a team, using new technologies and communication skills – and much more. You will find geographers working in a wide range of jobs, from the City to planning, working in the environment to travel and tourism, or in international charities or retail.


Paper 1: Living with the physical environment 35% of GCSE

Section A – The challenge of natural hazards

Section B – Physical landscapes of the UK

Section C – The living world

How it’s assessed: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human environment 35% of GCSE
Section A – Urban challenges

Section B – The changing economic world

Section C – The challenge of resource management

How it’s assessed:  Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 3: Geographical Application 30% of GCSE
Section A – Issue evaluation - questions based on pre released   resource

Section B – Fieldwork  - questions based on students’ fieldwork

How it’s assessed: Written exam: 1 hour—Pre-release resources released to students in March of yr11.

Mrs Wilford (Head of Department)