The world we live in is changing rapidly. China is developing into a Superpower; we can make contact with our friends at the touch of a button, play games and interact with people on the other side of the world. Shop, download music and films from the internet and holiday anywhere on the globe. GCSE Geography will help you to understand these changes and help you to develop as a global citizen.
Students will follow the AQA syllabus, which is a rigorous and challenging course divided into three sections
- Living with the physical environment – Students will study how people live with and respond to the challenges of natural hazards, including earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms and floods, and climate change. You will discover aspects of global ecosystems including tropical rainforests and cold environments. They will find out how the physical processes shape the world that we live in by studying coastal landforms and rivers.
- Challenges in the Human environment – Students will study the Changing economic world , urban issues, the challenges of living in Manchester and Rio di Janeiro, and the challenges of resource management including energy, food and water.
- Geographical Applications – here students will participate in two field studies, one to study Human Geography and one to study Physical Geography. You will also evaluate an issue based on information which the examiners release 12 weeks before the final exam. You will develop skills that employers and universities want.
There will be three examination papers:
Paper 1 – Living with the physical environment (written, 90 mins, 35%)
Paper 2 – Challenges in the human environment (written, 90 mins, 35%)
Paper 3 – Issues evaluation, fieldwork and skills (written, 75 mins, 30%)
The Russell Group of universities calls Geography a ‘facilitating’ subject because of the skills and knowledge it gives students, enabling access to a wide range of futures. Geography can lead you to many careers: tourism, finance, law, journalism and accountancy build on the skills used in Geography or into specific careers such as weather/climate careers, environmental consultancy or development work.