Key Stage 4

Geography

This Key Stage is delivered across two years (Years 10 and 11).

This is an optional subject.

Contact Time

All pupils will have five lessons of Geography each fortnight.

Exam Information

Students in Year 11 are studying AQA Geography Specification A.

Paper 1 - Physical Geography

This is a common paper lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.

It is taken at the end of Year 11 and is worth 37.5%

Students are required to answer questions from three sections; one for each of the topics studied. These topics are:

  • Restless Earth
  • Water on the Land
  • The Coastal Zone

Paper 2 - Human Geography

This is a common paper lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes. It is taken at the end of Year 11 and is worth 37.5% of the whole GCSE.

Students are required to answer questions from three sections; one for each of the topics studied. These are:

  • Population Change
  • Urban Environments
  • Tourism

Component 3 - Controlled Assessment

The focus of the Controlled Assessment is the impact of tourism in Stratford upon Avon. Students have 16 hours - 10 hours of low control and 6 hours of high control. The controlled assessment is marked by the Geography Teachers and then moderated externally. 

Exam Information for Year 10

Students in Year 10 are studying 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%

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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