Geography - Options 2024

Course Specification:             AQA GCSE Geography 8035

Course contact:     Mrs Hall                    hall.r@whiteroseacademies.org

Course Description:

The AQA specification enables a variety of teaching and learning approaches. This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them.

Students will travel the world from their classroom. 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.

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What will I learn? 

Living with the physical environment

This unit is concerned with the dynamic nature of physical processes and systems, and human interaction with them in a variety of places and at a range of scales. The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the tectonic, geomorphological, biological and meteorological processes and features in different environments, and the need for management strategies governed by sustainability and consideration of the direct and indirect effects of human interaction with the Earth and the atmosphere. You will study:

Section A: The Challenge of Natural Hazards

Section B: The Living World and Hot Deserts

Section C: Physical Landscapes in the UK : River and Coastal Landscapes

 

Challenges in the human environment 

This unit is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. They are studied in a variety of places and at a range of scales and must include places in various states of development, such as higher income countries (HICs), lower income countries (LICs) and newly emerging economies (NEEs). The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the factors that produce a diverse variety of human environments; the dynamic nature of these environments that change over time and place; the need for sustainable management; and the areas of current and future challenge and opportunity for these environments. You will study:

Section A: Urban Issues and Challenges

Section B: The Changing Economic World

Section C: The Challenge of Resource Management (Food)

 

Geographical Applications

The Geographical applications unit is designed to be synoptic in that students will be required to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from the full course of study. It is an opportunity for students to show their breadth of understanding and an evaluative appreciation of the interrelationships between different aspects of geographical study

 

How will I be assessed? 

Paper 1 (35% 0f grade) Physical

Exam = 1 hr 30 mins

Paper 2 (35% of grade)

Human

Exam = 1 hr 30 mins

Paper 3 (30% of grade) Geographical applications

Exam = 1 hr 15min

Section A: answer all questions (33 marks) 

 Section B: answer all questions (25 marks) 

 Section C: answer any two questions from questions 3, 4 and 5 (30 marks) 

 Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose 

 

Section A: answer all questions (33 marks) 

 Section B: answer all questions (30 marks) 

 Section C: answer question 3 and one from questions 4, 5 or 6 (25 marks)

 Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Section A: answer all questions (37 marks) 

 Section B: answer all questions (39 marks) 

 

Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose 

 

 Future Opportunities and Careers

The skills and knowledge you gain from studying geography at GCSE, are relevant to almost all jobs and workplaces. Those who study geography often go on to pursue careers such as Cartographer. Landscape architect, Environmental scientist, Environmental consultant, GIS specialist, Urban planner.

Geography is more than a GCSE; it is an opportunity to contribute towards a better planet.

 Further Information

There are no tiers for GCSE Geography, all students sit the same paper.

Geography can also be taken alongside GCSE History.