GCSE Geography Year 11 Revision Documents



KS3 Geography

In line with the National Curriculum, St John’s Geography Department aims to instil in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Geography lessons will equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

In year 7, students will attend 2 lessons per week, and will study the following topics:

Topic 1: 'Navigating my Earth' - Map skills

Topic 2: 'School Environment Enquiry'

Topic 3: 'Violent Volcanoes'

Topic 4: ‘Earthquakes'

Topic 5: 'Changing Landscapes - Glaciers and Rivers'

In year 8, students will attend 2 lessons per week, and will study the following topics:

Topic 1:  'South America' - The Amazon

Topic 2:  'Central America - Migration issues in Mexico

Topic 3:  ' North America' - Environmental issues (Oil and Xeriscaping)

Topic 4:  'Africa' - Issues in the Horn of Africa including Drought and Piracy

Topic 5:   'Asia' - Population explosion, the rise of Industry, Biodiversity

Topic 6:  'Europe' - The growth of cities

In addition, all pupils will be expected to complete three extended homework projects per year, based on their own research.

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GCSE Geography

AQA GCSE Geography; Course Structure:

Unit 1: Living with the physical environment

This unit is concerned with physical processes and systems, their dynamic nature and human interaction with them at a range of scales and in a range of places.

The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the processes and forms associated with tectonic, geomorphological, biological and meteorological processes 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.

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

• 35% of GCSE

Unit 2: 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 range of places, at a variety of scales and must include places in various states of development.

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.

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

• 35% of GCSE

Unit 3: Geographical applications

The Geographical applications unit is an opportunity for students to show their breadth of understanding and appreciation of the inter-relationships between different aspects of geographical study. This part of the course includes compulsory fieldwork

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour

• 30% of GCSE

GCSE Geography will appeal to those students who possess a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, and who wish to continue to develop their abilities as young Geographers.

Students will be expected to take an active role in lessons, engaging with the subject matter and offering their own opinions and analysis. Geography is a literary subject which involves evaluating and examining a wide variety of case studies and other relevant written material, so the course is best suited to individuals who enjoy reading and who are willing to take responsibility for their own research and revision. The course also requires a degree of mathematical ability, particularly the ability to analyse and present data and statistics.

Geography is an ‘EBacc’ subject, and is therefore recognised as one of the subjects which best develops the skills and knowledge that all students will require in later life. As well as suiting students who might wish to go onto to study Geography at ‘A’ level and University, the study of Geography provides students with skills that are applicable to wide variety of other subjects, and a broad spectrum of future careers.

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Sixth Form Courses

This course will appeal to those students who:

  • Would like to acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of physical and human process.
  • Would like to develop an understanding of the inter-relationship between people and their environments.
  • Would like to understand how decisions are made about the use and management of resources and environments.

Students with AS or A level Geography will have access to a wide range of possible careers and higher education opportunities. The skills used within the course are in high demand in both industry and at university level. Students would be able to embark upon a range of courses such as the Civil Service, Accounting, Surveying, Tourism and Teaching.