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Course Information

Literacy *****
Numeracy *****
Communications ***
Creativity ***
Practical ***
Group Work ***
Examination Assessment 100%
Non Examination Assessment 0%
Examination Board AQA
Course GCSE


General Information 

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AQA Geography gives pupils the opportunity to explore the world around them and better understand how it works. This aims to develop and extend Key Stage 3 by looking at both human Geography in terms of cities, development, resources and population and also physical Geography such as volcanoes, weather hazards, rainforests and UK landscapes. This is all embedded in real world examples.

What will I need to succeed?

The most important aspect is that you are interested in the world around you. If you are keen to discover more about people across the world and want to learn about how the planet can sustain itself in the future, then this may be the GCSE for you. Geography is now 100% exam based and candidates will need to able to understand complex questions, maps and resources. The required reading age of the examinations is 16 and candidates must be able to develop their ideas and points during extended writing tasks. It also offers the opportunity for fieldwork so you should be an independent learner.

Subject Content

The course is divided into 3 papers with the following sections:

Paper one: Living with the physical environment

Paper two: Challenges in the human environment

Paper three: Geographical applications

Expected Assessment Requirements

There are three written examinations:

Paper 1: 35% of total GCSE

Paper 2: 35% of total GCSE

Paper 3: 30% of total GCSE

What careers it can lead to after leaving Swanmore College

Both local colleges (Barton Peveril and Peter Symonds) offer a Geography A Level. At A Level the variety of modules offered significantly increases with options to study the Carbon Cycle, Natural Hazard Management, Changing places and urban landscapes. 

The most important thing about studying Geography is that it can open up a multitude of career options for you. You can also go into many other subject areas such as Biology, Sociology, Psychology, Politics and many more.