All of our GCSE pupils follow the AQA Geography specification (8035 Teaching from September 2016 onwards), which allows them to explore geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigate the link between them. There is a focus on ‘real world’ examples and case studies in the United Kingdom, higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include a balance between physical and human geography, building on ideas and themes that pupils have experienced at Key Stage 3. Pupils are therefore encouraged to understand their role in society by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes in a broad spectrum of geographical themes.

Pupils will be required to take part in fieldwork during the course, which will be assessed as part of the examinations in Year 11. We are planning to visit the Yorkshire Coast as part of the study of coastal landscapes, as well as a programme of urban fieldwork in the local area, or further afield.

Subject Content:

Living with the Physical Environment

  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • The living world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK

Challenges in the Human Environment

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management

Geographical Applications

  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical skills

Written examinations:

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment (35% of the GCSE)

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment (35% of the GCSE)

Paper 3: Issue Evaluation (30% of the GCSE)