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Geography at KS4

AQA Specification A GCSE - Full Course 9030 (September 2018)

Year 9 
Students who choose Geography as an option will study a combination of physical and human topics that are designed to give them a wide range of knowledge and understanding. These topics include:

  • Development
  • Globalisation
  • Man-Made Hazards
  • Fieldwork Skills

All these topics have a strong emphasis how we can live sustainably on our planet. This is a key theme that runs through the GCSE course and is incredibly important to today’s society. The skills and vocabulary developed this year will underpin the learning that takes place at GCSE.  In Year 10 & 11 you will start studying the assessed units for the GCSE course:

Living in the Physical World (Physical Geography) – Students will study a range of topics:

  • Natural Hazards
  • UK Physical Landscapes
  • Coasts and Rivers
  • The Living World (Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts)

Challenges in the Human Environment (Human Geography) – Students will study a range of topics:

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Changing Economic World
  • Resource Management (Food, Water, Energy)

Geographical Applications Exam – Part 1; this section contributes a critical thinking and problem-solving element to the assessment structure based on a resource booklet given to students prior to the exam. Part 2; students will complete a fieldwork investigation on both human and physical geography. The methods, skills and geographical understanding will be assessed during an exam.

How will students be assessed?

There is one tier of entry.





Percentage of final mark

Living in the physical world Exam


June Y11


Challenges in the human environment exam


June Y11


Geographical Applications exam


June Y11



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