Subject Leader: Mrs N Williams

Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography A (2016) KS4 (Years 9-11)

Exam Board: AQA

Course Overview

This course consists of three externally examined papers:

Component 1: Living with the physical environment (35% of the qualification)
Content overview:

  • The challenge of natural hazards

  • The living world

  • Physical landscapes in the UK

  • Geographical skills

Component 2: Challenges in the human environment (35% of the qualification)
Content overview:

  • Urban issues and challenges

  • The changing economic world

  • The challenge of resource management

  • Geographical skills

Component 3: Geographical applications. (30% of the qualification)
Content overview:

  • Issue Evaluation

  • Fieldwork

  • Geographical skills

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to build on their Key Stage 3 knowledge and skills to:

  • Develop and extend their knowledge of locations, places, environments and processes, through different scales, including global, regional and local and of social, economic, environmental, political and cultural contexts (know geographical material).

  • Gain understanding of the interactions between people and environments, change in places and processes over space and time, and the interrelationship between geographical phenomena at different scales and in different contexts (think like a geographer).

  • Develop and extend their competence in a range of skills including those used in fieldwork, in using maps and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and in researching secondary evidence, including digital sources, and develop their competence in applying sound enquiry and investigative approaches to questions and hypotheses (study like a geographer).

  • Apply geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches appropriately and creatively to real world contexts, including fieldwork, contemporary situations and issues, and develop well-evidenced arguments drawing on their geographical knowledge and understanding (applying geography).

Assessment: 100% examination


Curriculum Content

Year 7

Term 1 - Where do our skills place us in the world?
Term 2 - How are populations changing inside and outside of the UK? 
Term 3 - how does weather and climate affect the UK
Term 4+5 - How is the physical landscape of the UK shaped?  
Term 6 - How will we overcome barriers to improve our society and   environment?

Year 8

Term 1 - Will it ever be possible for the world’s population to live equally?
Term 2 - Could humans survive without the living world?
Term 3 - Are humans making the most of Africa?
Term 4 - Why is The Middle East an important world region?
Term 5 - How and why are global cities changing?
Term 6 - What are the impacts of countries with contrasting levels of wealth?

Year 9

Term 1 - How is Asia being transformed
Term 2 - Is the geography of Russia a curse or benefit?
Term 3-5 - Will natural hazards always control our lives?
Term 6 - Why is fieldwork vital to geographers?

Year 10

Term 1 - What are urban issues, challenges and sustainability?
Term 2 - What is our living world all about?
Term 3 - How is the economic world changing?
Term 4+5 - How do the physical landscapes in the UK shape how and where we live?
Term 6 - Can coastal communities survive without intervention?

Year 11

Term 1 - How do the physical landscapes in the UK shape how and where we live?
Term 2 - what are the challenges facing resource management?
Term 3 -  As revision what are geographical skills?·
Term 4 - As revision, will natural hazards always control our lives?
Term 5 - Final revision across all papers

Useful Information

Out of School Learning (OSL) and Extra-Curricular Activities

Monday for Year 11 only. 

Suggested Revision Guides and Books

Revise AQA GCSE (9-1) Geography revision guide and workbook (Pearson)
 CGP - GCSE Knowledge Organiser and Knowledge Retriever Collins GCSE 9-1 Geography Revision Cards

Website Links

Seneca Learning - For KS3 and KS4
BBC Bitesize - BBC Bitesize for GCSE