Key Stage 4 Geography

Geography is a popular option choice at Polesworth, our new AQA Geography syllabus is exciting, varied and covers a range of physical and human topics at both local and global scale which will engage students of all abilities. It also counts towards the EBacc qualification.

The benefit of choosing GCSE Geography is that you already have a lot of knowledge of the subject after studying it for two years. You will be building upon the understanding you already have and won’t be starting completely from scratch. You will simply be improving upon the skills and knowledge you have gained during Years 7 and 8 while also investigating new exciting topics.

The Course – AQA GCSE Geography (8035)


Throughout our two year Geography course the key topics we will be studying are:

–Tectonic Hazards: volcanoes and earthquakes
– Tropical Storms
– Extreme Weather in the UK
– Climate Change
– Coasts
– Rivers
– Ecosystems
– Tropical Rainforests & Hot Deserts
– Urban Challenges
– Economic Activity
– Resource Management – Water

Assessment for the qualification is split into 3 exams:

  • One Physical Geography exam (1hr 30) – 35%
  • One Human Geography exam (1hr 30) – 35%
  • One Geographical Applications exam (1hr 15) – 30%

This final paper includes an issue evaluation section (based on a resource pack), a fieldwork section (based on our 3 day field trip) and a geographical skills section.

Opportunities for Field Work

It is likely that we will choose Norfolk again as our field trip destination. In order to fully prepare for the Geographical Applications exam, we must undertake data collection for both a physical and human study. We will likely visit Happisburgh and Sea Palling to assess the effectiveness of the sea defences and will also examine the impact of tourism and environmental quality in Cromer.

Excellent results year upon year

Last year 76% of all Geography students obtained a grade A*-C while 34% gained an A or A* grade.
We also gained excellent value added results. We have a dedicated and hardworking team of teachers who will give you fantastic support. If you are willing to work hard you will do well!

Geographers are:

– good communicators with excellent presentation skills
– globally and spatially aware
– socially, economically and environmentally aware
– excellent problem solvers
– good team players
– computer literate
– well rounded, flexible thinkers
– good decision-makers
– analytical and good researchers
– organised
– creative thinkers

Geography is a broad based academic subject. Employers and universities see geography as a robust academic subject rich in skills, knowledge and understanding. As a subject linking the arts and the sciences it is highly flexible in terms of what you can combine it with both at GCSE and A Level. Don’t just take our word for it. Geography’s importance to your education is evident:

Here are some reasons why GCSE Geography is a must!!

At GCSE level – GCSE Geography will help you to achieve the EBacc.  This means that in addition to English, Maths and Science pupils choose a language and either Geography or History [you can do both].

At A Level
– Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects and is highly valued by universities. In 2011, the Russell Group of the UK’s top universities named Geography as one of the eight key facilitating subjects. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for degree courses.

Geographers experience some of the lowest rates of unemployment coming only behind Law and Sports Science compared to all other subjects.

Geographers work in such a wide range of job sectors and roles that it is true to say that there is no such thing as a Geography job, there are just a wide variety of jobs that would love to employ a geographer!

1) Excellent Results! Excellent Teachers!

Geography has always produced excellent results at GCSE. Over the years we have enjoyed great success and a high uptake at A level, no doubt that this is due to two simple factors – excellent teachers and hardworking students.

2) Interesting and relevant topics.

Throughout GCSE Geography we study a variety of current, relevant and fascinating topics. The impacts of flooding in the UK, the threat of global warming, the growing gap between rich and poor, the growth of shanty settlements in India, natural hazards such as hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes – are just a few of the topics we study.

3) Field Trips

Geography is relevant now. Due to this we must see how it is operating in the field. It is important for us to be able to use our variety of skills and plan an investigation. Geography field trips are fun opportunities for you to experience live-action Geography in the real-world.
Not all classrooms have 4 walls!

4) It is an EBacc subject!

If you currently enjoy Geography, the chances are you’ll love it at GCSE! If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to come up to the department and ask.


The Geography department