GEOGRAPHY

Geography Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

Specification A at a Glance
Students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. Examination Board AQA.

Subject content

Living with the physical environment
  • Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
  • Section B: Physical landscapes in the UK
  • Section C: The living world
Challenges in the human environment
  • Section A: Urban issues and challenges
  • Section B: The changing economic world
  • Section C: The challenge of resource management
Geographical applications
  • Section A: Issue evaluation
  • Section B: Fieldwork
Geographical skills
  • Geographical skills
Assessments
How it's assessed

Paper 1
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPGST35% of GCSE
Paper 2
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for SPGST35% of GCSE
Paper 3
  • Written exam: 1 hour
  • 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPGST30% of GCSE

Key Stage 5 (AS/A2) Geography

How the course is assessed?
Students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course. Examination Board AQA

 
Component 1: Physical Geography and People and the Environment
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of AS
 Physical Geography

1. Water and carbon cycles or
2. Hot desert environments and their margins or
3. Coastal systems and landscapes 

People and the Environment

1. Hazards or
2. Contemporary urban environments 

Section A: either Water and carbon cycles or 
Hot desert environments and their margins or 
Coastal systems and landscapes 

Section B: either Hazards or 
Contemporary urban environments
Component 2: Human Geography and Geography Investigation 
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 
  • 80 marks 
  • 50% of AS
 Human Geography

1. Global systems and global governance 
2. Changing places 

Geography Investigation
Geography fieldwork investigation 

Geographical Skills
Geographical skills 

Section A: either Global systems and global governance or
Changing places 

Section B: Geography fieldwork investigation and geographical skills