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Course Description

The Geography course from AQA allows our students to study a wide variety of engaging and relevant topics, many of which draw upon contemporary themes. They are assessed in three different exam papers.

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

· The challenge of natural hazards

· Physical landscapes in the UK (rivers and coasts– fieldwork element)

· The living world (ecosystems—tropical rainforest and hot deserts)

· Geographical skills

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

· Urban issues and challenges (fieldwork element)

· The changing economic world

· The challenge of resource management (choice of food, water or energy)

· Geographical skills

Paper 3: Geographical Applications (30% of GCSE)

· Issue evaluation

· Fieldwork

· Geographical skills

Why study Geography?

There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and   social cohesion, Geography is one of the most relevant courses you could chose to study. Geographers are also highly employable, whatever your passion for the world – fascination with landscapes or concerns about inequality – Geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills.

Special Features

All students will participate in 2 days Fieldwork away from the academy. There will be a            contribution required to cover part of the cost. These trips are a compulsory part of the GCSE course, the skills students acquire on their fieldtrips will be assessed in an               examination at the end of the course (Paper 3).

Where can Geography take you?

Geography is a subject that Universities and employers value highly due to the range of transferable skills that students develop, as well as an understanding of current global issues. Geography is one of the most flexible GCSE’s in terms of career

opportunities and links well with many other subjects. Geography can open the door to variety of careers, ranging from the Police, Armed Forces, Retail, HR, Marketing and Teaching!