KS4 Geography


Subject Staff Leader
Miss A Curtis-Slater – slatera@ridgewayschool.com


Name –        GCSE Geography
Board –        AQA
Code –          8035


Assessment of Course
The world is constantly changing.
To be a successful person in today’s society, knowing how and why it changes is important.
That is why Geography is a great subject to study.
This is an exciting course teaching you about the world today!


Course Content

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment (35% of GCSE) – Exam 1 hour 30 mins.
Section A: The challenge of natural hazards

  • Tectonic hazards
  • Weather hazards
  • Climate change

Section B: The living world

  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Cold environments

Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

  • Coastal landscapes in the UK
  • River landscapes in the UK

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment (35% of GCSE) – Exam 1 hour 30 mins.
Section A: Urban issues and challenges

  • Urban growth
  • Urban sustainability

Section B: The changing economic world

  • Development and tourism
  • Major changes in the UK economy

Section C: The challenge of resource management

•  Water

Paper 3: Geographical applications (30% of GCSE) Exam 1 hour 15 mins.
Section A: Issue evaluation

  • Critical thinking and problem solving using a pre-released resource booklet

Section B: Fieldwork

  • Students will be examined on two geographical enquiries, each of which will require them to collect and interpret primary data from a fieldtrip.


Why we study Geography?
Successful geography students are among the most employable people as they develop the skills necessary for any job in the future. This is because the subject combines a knowledge of science and an understanding of the arts.
A good grade in Geography is evidence to employers and universities that you have an advanced understanding of the world.
During the course you will use a wide range of mathematical and graphical skills related to geographical concepts and issues. Studying Geography allows you to develop your decision making abilities, something that will be useful for whatever you choose to do in the future.


To view KS4 Geography Teaching Outlines 2018-19 please click here»








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