Key Stage 4 Geography (new specification first exam summer 2017)

The Geography GCSE course is an exciting and diverse study of the World, its people and environments. As one of the English Baccalaureate subjects, Geography offers students the opportunity to discover some of the most interesting and unusual places to be found on this planet!

Students will also develop key skills, such as literacy, numeracy and ICT which can help them in their other chosen subjects and in their future jobs.

Students will follow the AQA “8035” specification. More details about the course can be found at the following website:

The qualification is broken up into the following:

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment. Assessment of this paper is a written exam, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes, worth 35% of the GCSE grade.

• 3.1.1 Section A: The challenge of natural hazards (Natural hazards, tectonic hazards, volcanoes and earthquakes, weather hazards, climate change)

• 3.1.2 Section B: The living world (Ecosystems, including the Rainforest, Hot Deserts or Cold Environments)

• 3.1.3 Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK (The variation of Physical Landscapes within the UK focusing on coastal and river landscapes)

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment. Assessment of this paper is a written exam, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes, worth 35% of the GCSE grade.

• 3.2.1 Section A: Urban issues and challenges (Growing world population, changes in cities across the World, sustainable cities)

• 3.2.2 Section B: The changing economic world (Global variations in economic development, reducing the development gap, the UK economy)

• 3.2.3 Section C: The challenge of resource management (how different resources, including food, water and energy can be used and managed sustainably in the UK. Looking at the issue of either food, water or energy from a global perspective.

Paper 3: Geographical applications: Assessment of this paper is a written exam, lasting 1 hour 15 minutes, worth 30% of the GCSE grade.

• 3.3.1 Section A: Issue evaluation (Materials will be released to college 12 weeks before the exam. During this time students will use the information given to prepare for the exam. They will not be permitted to take any materials into the exam, but will be re-issued with a new copy of the pre-release material. The material could be based on any main topic area that we will cover during the course.

• 3.3.2 Section B: Fieldwork (Students will need to complete at least two pieces of fieldwork during the course, which they will then be examined on. The 2 pieces of fieldwork must include both a Physical topic (e.g. River/Coastal study) and a Human topic (e.g. Tourism study/land use in a town)

Geographical skills (taught throughout key stage 3 and 4 and will be assessed on all three exam papers)

• 3.4 Geographical skills (This focuses on a variety of areas including, map skills, graphical skills, numeracy, statistics and qualitative/quantitative data)Educational visits are an important way of students being able to see real life examples of what they study in the classroom. Geography students will have the opportunity visit and study in various locations during their GCSE, such as the South Lakes Animal Park, Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District, Blackpool and a local River study.

Personal Qualities required studying GCSE Geography:
• A keen interest in exploring new places around the World
• Patience to listen to the opinions of other students
• Commitment to completing work outside the classroom
• A desire to complete tasks to the best of their ability.

GCSE Geography is valued by Colleges of Further Education and Higher Education not to mention many employers who require their employees to have good literacy, analytical and communication skills.

Any parents or students who would like more information about the course should contact Mr Sharples.