Key Stage 4 - Geography

Course Specification:    AQA 8035   

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

Aims of the course

The GCSE in Geography offered at KSHS is in line with the AQA qualification. The specification gives candidates the opportunity to examine and investigate modern and relevant Geography and the course follows a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them.

Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).  Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Upon completion of this two year course, students will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond.

Course content/structure

The subject content is split into four units:

  1. Living with the physical environment,
  2. Challenges in the human environment,
  3. Geographical applications
  4. Geographical skills.

Students are required to study case studies and examples. Case studies are broader in context and require greater breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding.  Examples are more focused on a specific event or situation, are smaller in scale and do not cover the same degree of content.

Living with the physical environment studies the following topic areas:  The challenge of natural hazards; The living world; Physical landscapes in the UK.

Challenges in the human environment studies the following topic areas: Urban issues and challenges;  The changing economic world; The challenge of resource management.

Geographical applications

Issue evaluation

This section contributes a critical thinking and problem-solving element to the assessment structure.

The assessment will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate geographical skills and

applied knowledge and understanding by looking at a particular issue(s) derived from the specification using secondary sources.

Fieldwork

Students will undertake two geographical enquiries, which will include the collection of primary data, collected as part of a fieldwork exercise.

Geographical skills

Students are required to develop and demonstrate a range of geographical skills, including cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical skills, throughout their study of the specification. Skills will be assessed in all three written exams. Ordnance Survey (OS) maps or other map extracts may be used in any of the three exams.

Assessment information

Paper 1 - Living with the physical environment

The challenge of natural hazards; The living world; Physical landscapes in the UK, & Geographical skills

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Paper 2 - Challenges in the human environment

Urban issues and challenges;  The changing economic world; The challenge of resource management & Geographical skills

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Paper 3 - Geographical applications

Issue evaluation; Fieldwork & Geographical skills

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