Year 9 (Specialism Year) Excitement
The Living World – Rainforests: A study of the structure, use and management of tropical rainforests
The Living World – Cold Environments: A study of the structure, use and management of the Arctic and Antarctic
Resource Management – Energy: A study into our changing use and management of energy resources
UK Physical Landscapes – Coasts: A study of coastal processes, features and coastal management strategies
UK Physical Landscapes – Rivers: A study of river processes, features and flood management strategies
Physical Geography fieldwork – An investigation into the effectiveness of coastal management
Year 10 (GCSE Year) Expertise
Hazards – Tectonic Hazards: A study of the causes, impacts and management of tectonic hazards including earthquakes
Hazards – Weather Hazards: A study of the causes, impacts and management of weather hazards including tropical storms
Hazards – Climate Change: A study of the causes, consequences and management of climate change
Urban issues – A NEE case study of a megacity to understand the causes, consequences and management of rapid urbanisation
Urban issues – A study of a UK city to understand the causes, consequences and management of urban change
Human Geography fieldwork – An investigation into the variations in environmental quality and housing quality in a UK urban area
Year 11 (GCSE Year) Expertise
The Changing Economic World – A study of development including an in depth study of the development of a NEE
The Changing Economic World – A study of the causes and consequences of the changing economy of the UK
Issues Analysis – Developing the analytical skills relating to issues analysis
AQA (9-1) GCSE
The GCSE Geography course aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of Geography. Students will cover physical and human Geography topics with a focus on the UK and a Newly Emerging Economy (India).
It is important to remember that Geography is not just about maps and facts. It is about understanding how the natural world works, how humans affect the natural world and how the natural world affects humans; and where these interactions create problems, it is about looking for solutions.
Studying Geography will develop your ability to think clearly and logically, research, analyse, hypothesise, evaluate and make decisions. There is also a focus on developing writing skills, which complements many other subjects in the curriculum.
The GCSE is assessed by three exam papers, sat at the end of Year 11. These exams include; one physical Geography exam (The Living World, Hazards and Physical landscapes), one human Geography exam (The Changing Economic World, Urban Issues and Resource management) and one Geographical skills exam (Both Human and Physical field work and a pre-release). All students sit the same exam papers.