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Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE 9-1 Geography (8035)

Choose GCSE Geography!!! – Follow in the footsteps of many celebrities, journalists and politicians and consider studying Geography! We follow the AQA Geography Course (ref: 8035) which is studied over two years, with the exam at the end of Year 11. Every student in Year 9 will cover a physical geography topic during the summer term Year 9 so that they are able to make an informed decision on whether this is the right course for them. Further information can be obtained by following the link to the AQA Geography GCSE Specification. 

Topics Covered per Half Term 

Terms

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn 1

 

 

Topic 2.1 (Paper 2)

Urban Issues and Challenges

  • Global Urbanisation
  • Challenges of Urbanisation in an Emerging Country: Rio
  • UK urban change: Birmingham

Topic 2.2 (Paper 2)

Changing Economic World

  • Global development
  • Nigeria: an emerging economy

Autumn 2

 

 

 

Topic 2.1 (Paper 2)

Urban Issues and Challenges

  • UK urban change: Birmingham
  • Urban Sustainability 

 

FIELDWORK OPPORTUNITY

Topic 3.2.2 (Paper 3)

Investigation into change in the CBD & Inner City Area of Wolverhampton

 

Topic 1.3.1 (Paper 1)

Physical Landscapes in the UK

  • UK physical Landscapes

Topic 2.2 (Paper 2)

Changing Economic World

  • The UK’s changing economy

 

ISSUES EVALUATION PRACTICE

Topic 3.1 (Paper 3)

 

Spring 1

 

 

Topic 1.3.2 (Paper 1)

Coastal Landscapes in the UK

  • Coastal Processes
  • Coastal Landforms
  • Coastal Management

 

Topic 1.3.3 (Paper 1)

River Landscapes in the UK

  • River Processes
  • River Landforms 

Topic 1.1 (Paper 1)

The challenge of Natural Hazards

Topic Areas: 1.1.1 & 1.1.2

Tectonic Hazards

  • Physical processes & causes
  • Effects of earthquakes
  • Management of tectonic hazards

Topic Area: 1.1.2

Weather Hazards

  • Tropical Storm distribution, causes and effects
  • Management of Tropical Storms

Spring 2

 

 

Topic 1.3.3 (Paper 1)

River Landscapes in the UK

  •  River / Flood Management

 

FIELDWORK OPPORTUNITY

Topic 3.2.1 (Paper 3)

Investigation into change along the course of a river – CardingMill Valley

Topic 1.1 (Paper 1)

The challenge of Natural Hazards

Topic Area 1.1.2

Weather Hazards

  • UK Extreme Weather 

Topic Area 1.1.3

Climate Change

  • Evidence and causes of climate change
  • Managing climate change

 

Summer 1

 

Topic 1.2 (Paper 1)

The Living World

  • 1.2.1 Ecosystems
  • 1.2.2 Tropical Rainforests

Topic 1.2 (Paper 1)

The Living World (review and recap from Year 9)

  • 1.2.1 Ecosystems
  • 1.2.2 Tropical Rainforests
  • 1.2.3 Hot Deserts

 

Topic 2.3 (Paper 2)

Challenge of Resource Management

  • UK Resources

Topic 2.3.4 (Paper 2)

Challenge of Energy Management

  • Global energy demand & consumption

REVISION AND PREPARATION FOR THE FINAL EXAMINATION

 

ISSUES EVALUATION FINAL RELEASE

  • practise of Paper 3 Issues evaluation questions
  • preparation with the final release resource booklet

 

Summer 2

 

Topic 1.2 (Paper 1)

The Living World

  • 1.2.3 Hot Deserts
  • Desertification

 

Topic 2.3.4 (Paper 2)

Challenge of Energy Management

  • Increasing energy supplies
  • Sustainable energy supplies

 

 

 

AQA GCSE 9-1 GEOGRAPHY (8035) Exam Composition

Paper 1: Physical Environment

Paper 2: Human Environment

Paper 3: Applied Geography: Fieldwork & Decision-making Questions

1h30 – 88 marks – worth 35%

1h30 – 88 marks – worth 35%

1h15 – 76 marks – worth 30%

Topic 1.1: The challenge of Natural Hazards

  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Weather Hazards
  • Climate Change

Topic 2.1: Urban Issues and Challenges

  • Urbanisation: Rio
  • UK urban change: Birmingham
  • Urban Sustainability

Topic 3.1: Issues evaluation

A series of decision-making questions based on a resource booklet released before the examination

Topic 1.2: The Living World

  • Biomes & Ecosystems
  • Tropical Rainforest

OPTION 1.2.3

  • a: Hot Deserts
  • b: Desertification

Topic 2.2: Changing Economic World

  • Global development
  • Nigeria: an emerging economy
  • UK’s changing economy

Topic 3.2: Fieldwork

A series of questions relating to fieldwork techniques and methods, as well as essay-style responses on the fieldwork we shall undertake.

Topic 1.3: The Physical Landscapes of the UK

OPTIONS 1.3.2 & 1.3.3

  • 1.3.2: Coasts
    • Processes & Landforms
    • Coastal Management
  • 1.3.3: Rivers
    • Processes & Landforms
    • Flood Management

Topic 2.3: Challenge of Resource Management

  • UK resource management

OPTION 2.3.4

  • Global Energy demand and consumption
  • Increasing energy supplies
  • Sustainable energy supplies