Due to an engaging and challenging Key Stage 3 curriculum, many students have the skills, enthusiasm, motivation and confidence that they need to succeed at Key Stage 4 and, as a result, GCSE Geography is a popular option choice.

GCSE classes starting from September 2016 will follow the AQA Geography syllabus which includes three examination papers:

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment (35% of final mark – 1 ½ hour examination)

What is assessed? The challenge of natural hazards (Volcanoes, earthquakes and extreme weather), The living world (Ecosystems, tropical rainforest and cold environments), and physical landscapes in the UK (rivers and coasts).

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment (35% of final mark – 1 ½ hour examination)

What is assessed? Urban issues and challenges (Urbanisation, urban change in the UK, Rio de Janeiro), the changing economic world (Economic development, Nigeria, economic futures in the UK) and the challenge of resource management (distribution of food, water and energy in the UK, challenges and opportunities with global water supply). 

Paper 3: Geographical applications (30% of final mark – 1 ¼ hour examination)

What is assessed? Issue evaluation (problem solving activity using secondary sources on a specific issue covered in paper 1 or 2) and fieldwork (questions based on one of the two field trips completed during the course – field trips are Salford Quays and Cleveleys).

Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are incorporated into all schemes of work through topics such as natural hazards, ecosystems, tropical rainforests, cold environments, rivers, coasts, challenges of urbanisation in the world and the UK, economic development, economic futures in the UK and the challenges of resource management.

Below are the Geography curriculum plans for Key Stage 4:

Year 9 GCSE Curriculum Plan

Year 10 GCSE Curriculum Plan

Year 11 GCSE Curriculum Plan

Revision Materials

Please find below revision materials to prepare for all KS4 Assessments:

Year 11 Internal Exams

Changing Economic World Knowledge Organiser

Ecosystems Cold Environments KO

Natural Hazards KO

Salford - Human KO

Physical Landscapes KO

Cleveleys - Physical KO

Urban Issues and Challenges KO

Resources Management KO

Case Study Booklet

Updated Feb 2019

Assessment Without Levels

The following document highlights the skills required to meet each grade using our new Assessment Without Levels system.

Geography - Assessment Without Levels

KS4 Geography Staff

Mrs M. Heaton Head of Department / Head of Business and Enterprise
Mr R. Sharratt Teacher of Geography
Mr K WrightAssistant Headteacher / Teacher of Geography


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