Soham Village College

GCSE Geography (Legacy)

GCSE Geography

Class of 2017 Only

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Exam Board Qualification Specification
AQA Exam Board - GCSE Geography (4035) GCSE Geography B 9035

Geography offers you the chance to study some of the most important issues in the world today, ranging from the pressure on our resources to the implications of living in an increasingly global world. Geography is a broad subject and it is particularly relevant in today’s ever changing world. There are three units in this course:

Unit 1: Managing Places in the 21st Century (37.5% of the GCSE grade)

This unit is assessed by a 1hr-30m exam at the end of Year 11.

  • Coastal Environments
  • Urban Environments

Unit 2: Hostile World & Investigating the Shrinking World (37.5% of the GCSE grade)

This unit is assessed by a 1hr-30m exam at the end of Year 11.

  • Living with Natural Hazards
  • The Challenge of Extreme Environments
  • Globalisation of Industry
  • Global Tourism

Unit 3: Controlled Assessment (25% of the GCSE grade)

This unit consists of two coursework elements:

  • Local Investigation including fieldwork (15%)
  • Geographical Issue Investigation (10%)


Students are taught to apply their skills and knowledge to real world situations. This allows them to understand how people’s decisions shape the world we live in.

Geography is a flexible subject and it balances well with other disciplines. Being a good Geographer in this millennium is about having an interest in anything you see, hear or read about places and environments. A recent survey of employers showed that, “after Maths and English, Geography is rated as one of the most useful subjects because of the number of different skills used to study the subject”. There are numerous jobs and careers to which Geography provides an important contribution, not only in its content but also in its methods and the skills it teaches.

Jobs such as: journalism, media, engineering, ICT, travel and tourism, environmental management, geology, accountancy, consultancy, marketing, business management, professional services and teaching. Geographers have been known to get on to graduate training schemes with large business multinationals such as Unilever, BP and ICI. Employers like to see Geography on a list of qualifications because of the skills covered and disciplines developed.

Geographers are everywhere!


There are 2 one and a half hour examinations (75%)
Two pieces of controlled assessment written work produced under supervision (25%)
Geography has two tiers: Higher and Foundation. Therefore it is suitable for all ability levels.

Other Information

Students will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork as part of the course.
We are planning on running a residential visit to compliment and provide practical case studies for topics within all three units.