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A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. 

At Key stage 3,  the curriculum ensures that pupils consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features. They understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time. In doing so, they become aware of increasingly complex geographical systems in the world around them. They develop greater competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches and concepts [such as models and theories] and geographical skills in analysing and interpreting different data sources. In this way pupils continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding. 

At Key Stage 4, the curriculum requires students to extend their Locational Knowledge  and to develop competence in Maps, Fieldwork and Geographical Skills as they study the content of the following four areas of geography:  

Place: processes and relationships  

Physical geography: processes and change  

People and environment: processes and interactions 

 Human geography: processes and change  

GCSE course information 

 

Qualification & Board 

AQA GCSE Geography   

Course Content 

Students who opt to study Geography at GCSE develop an awareness of the world around them, what is happening now and the impacts of this in the future. 

We focus on a wide range of topics, building on our knowledge and understanding gained in KS3, with an emphasis on the understanding of physical, human and environmental geography. This allows us to look at geography through the relationships between humans and our environment. 

If you want to understand the current and future world then Geography is for you! 

Potential Career paths 

Geography is a high skill option which develops a range of skills including; data handling and analysis, data presentation, questioning, Reasoning, team work, research skills, the ability to approach problems with a holistic attitude rather than looking at just one issue and understanding of scale and how things operate on a 

variety of levels. As a result of this, employers and universities really value this as a subject. It feeds into a high amount of careers including conservation, policing, armed forces, teaching, law, journalism, tourism, engineering, management, civil aviation, government, geology, hazard management and many more. 

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practical's) 

Geography is assessed by 100% exam, split into three papers; 

Paper 1 – Living with the physical environment (35% of final grade) 

 * The Challenge of natural hazards 

 * The living world (ecosystems) 

 * Physical landscapes in the UK (Rivers and Coasts) 

Paper 2 – Challenges in the Human Environment (35% of final grade) 

 * Urban Issues and challenges 

 * The Changing economic world 

 * The Challenge of resource management 

Paper 3 – Geographical applications (30% of final grade) 

 * Issue Evaluation 

 * Fieldwork 

Geographical skills are also assessed over the three exam papers. 

There are two compulsory fieldwork sessions to attend as part of the course and to access paper 3. 

Core or Option 

Option 

No Option Choices (GCSE only) 

 1 

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent 

 1 GCSE 

Aims  

The curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:  

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes  
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time  
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to:  
  • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes  
  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)  
  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length. 

Geography curriculum information for Years 7-11 

Year 

Term 

Units of Work 

Formal Assessments 

 7 

Autumn 

Fantastic Places 

 

Population 

  • Extended writing based upon sustainability in Dubai 

  • A range of shorter recall and skills based questions to assess understanding 

 

  

Spring 

Weather and Climate 

 

 

The Urban world  

  • A range of short factual recall questions and skills based questions to assess understanding 

  • Extended writing – comparison of two cities  

  

Summer 

Ecosystems 

 

Places and International Development  

  • Animal adaptation – a creative task designed to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of an extreme environment via species adaptation 

  • A range of shorter recall questions to assess understanding of coverage of all year 7 topics.  

 8 

Autumn 

Geology and Tectonics 

 

 

Climate Change 

  • A range of short factual recall questions and skills based questions to assess understanding. Some longer response questions to allow for assessment of comparison and case study knowledge 

 

  

Spring 

Rivers and Flooding 

 

 

Economic Activity in the UK 

Development and globalisation 

  • A range of short factual recall questions and skills based questions to assess understanding. Some longer response questions to allow for assessment of comparison and case study knowledge 

 

  

Summer 

Coasts and Coastal Management 

 

 

Global issues – Resources and Ocean plastics 

  • A range of short factual recall questions and skills based questions to assess understanding. Some longer response questions to allow for assessment of comparison and case study knowledge 

  • Decision making based extended writing task  

 9 

Autumn 

 The Challenge of Natural Hazards  

 A range of exam questions – extended writing, multiple choice and data response 

  

Spring 

Urban Issues and Challenges 

A range of exam questions – extended writing, multiple choice and data response on all topics covered so far 

  

Summer 

Physical Landscapes – coasts (+ fieldwork)  

 

 

Revision and mock exams 

A range of exam questions – extended writing, multiple choice and data response on all topics covered so far. (Full mock) 

 10 

Autumn 

Physical Landscapes – Rivers 

 

The Changing economic world 

A range of exam questions – extended writing, multiple choice and data response on all topics covered so far 

  

Spring 

The living world 

A range of exam questions – extended writing, multiple choice and data response on all topics covered so far 

  

Summer 

Revision and mock exams 

 

The Living world 

A range of exam questions – extended writing, multiple choice and data response on all topics covered so far (full mock) 

 11 

Autumn 

 Resource management – UK resources 

Mock exam, full paper 

  

Spring 

Fieldwork and skills Paper 3 focus + pre-release and  

Revision 

Issue evaluation + fieldwork + mocks of physical and human content