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Qualification: Geography GCSE
Examination Board: AQA

The GCSE Course will provide you with a clear overall view of the world in the first part of the twenty first century. You will study a wide range of physical and human geography topics which will allow you to develop an understanding of global citizenship and a sense of place and appreciation of the environment.

Is this course right for you?

  • You will enjoy participating in discussions and debates.
  • You will acquire skills and techniques to conduct a Geographical enquiry.
  • You will acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of places from local to global.
  • You will learn how to communicate your ideas and opinions.

What does the course involve?

Living with the Physical Environment

Section A Challenge of Natural Hazards (tectonic, tropical storms, extreme weather in the UK, climate change).

Section B Physical Landscapes in the UK (two from: coastal landscapes, river landscapes, glacial landscapes).

Section C The Living World (ecosystems, tropical rainforests, one from: hot deserts and cold environments.

Challenge in the Human Environment

Section A Urban issues and challenge.

Section B The changing economic world.

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

Geographical Applications

Section A Issues evaluation – using pre-release material.

Section B Fieldwork.

What about controlled assessments and exams?

  • 100% examination.
  • Both physical and human geography examinations are at the end of Year 11, both are one hour and 30 minutes long and each is worth 35% of the GCSE.
  • Geographical applications involving questions related to local fieldwork and pre-release material are examined in a one hour paper and accounts for 30% of the GCSE.

Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

The GCSE enables you to gain a better understanding of the world and the major issues affecting it today. It lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Geography or related subjects. In addition it provides a worthwhile course providing you with a diverse background in terms of general education and lifelong learning.

Geography is highly regarded by employers as it shows you have developed a good knowledge base and are proficient at learning skills. Universities are prepared to count Geography as a science or a humanities subject, making it flexible and a very useful qualification.

It provides you with a good base from which to study a wide variety of other A-Levels and degree courses and allows access to a wide range of career choices, Sixth Form, at university or college and later in life.

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