Examining Board AQA
Reasons for studying the subject

Geography is very topical and it is always in the news.  It helps you to understand the environment in which you live and the background to world events and it focuses on important local, national and global problems and issues.  It also develops many skills which you will find useful in the future.

What you will be studying

The course has 2 units with several themes of study in each:

Unit 1: The Restless Earth (volcanoes and earthquakes), Water on the Land, and The Coastal Zone.  The focus on this paper is on how humans interact with these environments.

Unit 2: Population Change, Changing Rural Environments and Tourism. These themes are designed to raise student awareness of global issues.

You will also learn how to draw and interpret graphs and diagrams, how to collect and analyse data and how to read Ordnance Survey Maps properly.

How you will learn

You will be asked to take part in group work, discussions, role plays, active learning and decision making techniques.  You will use a variety of materials to help you learn, such as maps, diagrams, photographs, videos, newspapers and the internet. You should also be able to read and write clearly.  It is important to be able to organise information and present reasoned arguments.

How you will be assessed

There will be two exam papers which will require the candidate to answer 3 questions each worth 25 marks.  One exam will be based on Unit One and the other on Unit Two.

In addition, there will be a controlled assessment which will be worth 25% of the final mark and will be completed over a period of time in class.


Contact:         Mrs. S. Chater – Head of Humanities Faculty / Mr. S. Stickley – Head of Subject