Exam board: AQA


GCSE Geography teaches us about the fascinating and fast changing world in which we live. Geographers also acquire a vast range of valuable skills, such as: map reading; spatial and GIS awareness; problem solving; data analysis; the ability to consider other viewpoints; decision making; team work; environmental awareness; computer skills and essay writing.

Content - GCSE

Unit 1: Physical Geography

  • Hazards
  • Living World
  • Physical Landscape UK

Unit 2: Human Geography

  • Urban Issues and challenges
  • Changing Economic World
  • Challenge of Resource Management

Unit 3: Skills paper

  • Issues and evaluation
  • Fieldwork and skills

Fieldtrips based around: rivers, coasts and urban environment

Method of assessment: AQA Spec A GCSE (2016 syllabus)

  • Living with the physical environment (Paper 1) = 1hr 30min / 88 marks / 35% of GCSE
  • Challenges in the human environment (Paper 2) = 1hr 30 min / 88 marks / 35% of GCSE
  • Geographical applications (Paper 3) = 1 hr 15 min / 76 marks / 30% of GCSE

Recommended reading

BBC/Channel 4/Al Jazeera News; “Prisoners of Geography” by Tim Marshall; “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling; Geographical magazines such as “The National Geographic”, “The Economist”, “Geography Review” or “Wider World” Magazines; Broadsheet newspapers.

Key Stage 5 progression/Career prospects

A Level Geography is offered in the Sixth Form at Bentley Wood. There is a wide range of careers/interests for which Geography is relevant, not least because it draws from both Humanities and Science. This would include:

  • Architecture
  • Nature conservation
  • Business
  • Scientific research
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Publishing
  • Civil service
  • Flood protection
  • Energy industries
  • Journalism
  • Cartography
  • Environment Agency
  • Travel and tourism
  • Geo-politics
  • Medicine
  • International relations
  • Law
  • Development charities
  • Meteorology
  • Natural disaster recovery