Geography at GCSE


    Aim - GCSE

    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 huge range of opportunities. An A Level in geography is recognised for its academic ‘robustness’ and, most importantly, it also helps young people into the world of work.

    Central to the GCSE course is a residential fieldtrip to Wales. Here we collect data to be used in Unit 3 (see below) as well as trying out challenges and opportunities in new environments in a team of friends.


    Syllabus – AQA (


    Paper 1

    Physical Geography

    (largely taught in Year 10)

    • The challenge of natural hazards

    • Physical landscapes in the UK

    • The living world

    • Geographical skills

      Paper 1 – 35%

      1.5 hours long

      Paper 2

      Human Geography

      (largely taught in Year 10)

      • Urban issues and challenges

      • The changing economic world

      • The challenge of resource management

      • Geographical skills

        Paper 2 – 35%

        1.5 hours long

        Map work, photo analysis, newspaper articles and IT research are included in all aspects of the course


        Paper 3

        Geographical applications(largely taught in Year 11)

        • Issue evaluation

        • Fieldwork

        • Geographical skills

          Paper 3 – 30%

          1 hour long

          Person to contact:         Mr M Evans