Exam Board: AQA

In Geography you will look at two main themes:

Physical Geography: You will explore threats to human survival: extreme weather, tectonic hazards (earthquakes and volcanoes) and climate change; look at what is special about the UK landscapes: roaring rivers and dramatic coasts; investigate what is destroying our planet; how humans exploit the rainforest; and the stage for World War Three: Antarctica.

Human Geography: You will look at both London (rich) and Rio (developing) and the challenges and opportunities for people living there; ‘Is it OK for some people to be poor?’ (tackling the poverty crisis); and ‘Will we run out of puff?’ (resource issues focusing on food, energy and water).  We will also explore the newly emerging economy of Nigeria and how the political landscape of the country affects its economic development.

A GCSE in Geography will develop a range of transferable skills including communication and strong presentation skills, competent IT skills, independent research, the ability to work effectively in a team in a variety of roles, effective time management, and combining information from a variety of sources with excellent writing skills. These could be useful in the following areas: an expedition leader, a travel writer, a TV researcher, a conservation worker, an architect, an urban planner, an environmental consultant, a financial risk assessor, a banker, an accountant, a lawyer, a transport/logistics, manager, a diplomat, Voluntary Service Oversea (VSO), a human rights officer, the armed forces, a surveyor, a town planner, an environmental engineer (all fields of engineering), marketing, a social worker, a hydrologist, hazard prediction and management and a weather presenter.

Students will go on one compulsory field trip in term time to explore the coastline of the UK. There is also an optional field trip abroad in Year 10.


100% examination—three exams covering all the content above, fieldwork and decision-making skills. Question types include multiple choice, short response, data analysis and case study questions.