Dyke House Sports & Technology College

Attainment and Achievement through Creativity, Collaboration and Character


Course: AQA Geography GCSE

Examination Criteria:

Students will sit three examinations:

Paper 1: living with the physical environment (1 hour 30 minutes) 35% of GCSE

The challenge of natural hazards, The living world, physical landscapes in the UK, Geographical skills

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment (1 hour 30 minutes) 35% of GCSE

Urban issues and challenges, The changing economic world, The challenge of resource management, Geographical skills

Paper 3: Geographical applications (1 hour 15 minutes) 30% of GCSE

Issue evaluation, Fieldwork, Geographical skills

Grading structure: 1-9

Exam board website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography

Course Specification: GCSE Geography (8035)

Progress 8 Slot: EBacc

Head of Geography: Mr M Childs

Course Description:

The course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them. Students will study contrasting areas of their world, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom, higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study are varied and wide ranging and include topical issues such as climate change, poverty and deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Department statement:

The Geography department seeks to stimulate in our students an interest and a sense of wonder about places in their dynamically changing world. It aims for students to attain the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world, empowering them to face the challenges that are shaping societies and environments at a range of scales.

The department challenges students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of their planet.

Through critical engagement with real world issues and places to which they apply their growing geographical knowledge, theory and skills, students grow as independent thinkers and as informed members of society.

Geography has a pivotal role that bridges arts and sciences. We want students to embrace that concept and to value the links and contributions the subject can make to their current studies in other curriculum areas. Furthermore, we seek to serve the needs of our students who are preparing for a variety of subsequent studies and careers.


  • Cartographer
  • Surveyor
  • Environmental consultant
  • Town planner
  • Geomorphologist
  • Conservation officer
  • Environmental lawyer
  • Emergency planner
  • Landscape architect
  • Weather analyst
  • Water/land manager
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Environmental education officer

Any career that values the ability to problem solve, to have an analytical approach, to view issues from a number of angles, to work to deadlines and to carry out effective research.

Useful resource links:

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