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Course: AQA GCSE Geography (8035)

Examination criteria:

Paper 1: Living with the Environment (35% of overall GCSE)

Assessed in a 90 minute written exam.

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment (35% of overall GCSE)

Assessed in a 90 minute written exam.

Paper 3: Geographical Applications (30% of overall GCSE)

Assessed in a 75 minute written exam.

Course Descriptions

The GCSE course gives students the opportunity to study a broad range of both human and physical geography. There is an expectation that students are able to draw upon contemporary case studies, as well as their own geographical enquiries carried out through fieldwork.

Paper 1:

"Living with the Environment", the physical aspect of the geography course involves a study of natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricanes and volcanoes. Additionally students will examine the weather and climate change, as well as an in depth investigation of the geography of the desert. Finally, students will study both river and coastal landscapes in the UK.

Paper 2:

This part of the course, "Challenges in the human environment" allows students to study the geography concerned with human processes. Specifically, students will look at urban growth in the UK and in the wider world, studying the opportunities and challenges that this can create. Students will also look at global economic development, including the role of industry, tourism and international aid in this process. Finally, students will look at resource management with a particular focus on water - and the possibilities that exist for increasing safe water supply on a global scale.

Paper 3:

The Geographical applications unit is designed to be synoptic in that students will be required to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from the full course of study. There is an element of critical thinking and problem solving involved, whilst students are also expected to draw upon their fieldwork and data that they have collected in order to successfully complete the 75 minute exam.

Department Statement

The geography department is incredibly excited about the possibilities that have been opened up for Kirk Balk students by the new curriculum. Your geography GCSE will be an outstanding teaching and learning experience that will lead to outstanding outcomes.

The world is a book, and those who don't travel only read one page.
Augustine of Hippo


  • Commercial/residential surveyor
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographical information systems officer
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Data analyst

For more information contact Mr T Balmer(Head of Humanities)