Key Stage 4

Geography

This Key Stage is delivered across three years (Years 9, 10 and 11).

In year 9 Geography is compulsory.  It becomes an optional subject in year 10.  

Contact Time

In year 9 pupils will have 4 lessons of Geography each fortnight.  Contact time increases to five lessons in years 10 and 11.  

Exam Information

Students will study the AQA Geography Specification

Paper 1 – Living within the Physical Environment

This is a common paper lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.

It is taken at the end of Year 11 and is worth 35% of the whole GCSE

Topics covered are:

  • Natural hazards
  • Ecosystems
  • UK Physical Landscapes

 

Paper 2 – Challenges of the Human Environment

This is a common paper lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.

It is taken at the end of Year 11 and is worth 35% of the whole GCSE.

Topics covered are:

  • Urban Environments
  • Changing Economic World
  • Resource Management

 

Paper 3 : Geographical Applications

The pre-release booklet : The Board will provide students with an information booklet 12 weeks prior to the exam. This will be analysed and discussed in lessons. In the exam, pupils will answer questions relating to the information; these questions will require evaluative judgements to be made.

Fieldwork : Prior to the exam, pupils will be guided through a fieldwork enquiry. This will require primary research collected during a field trip. In the exam, pupils will answer questions based on their fieldwork and on the skills needed to be a successful geographer (e.g. cartographic; statistical; graphical).

 

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