Soham Village College

GCSE Geography

GCSE Geography

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Exam Board Qualification Specification
AQA Exam Board - GCSE Geography (4035) GCSE Geography 8035
GCSE Specification
     
Living with the physical environment
The challenge of natural hazards
The living world
Physical landscapes in the UK
Geographical skills
Paper 1
Written exam: 1 hour
30 minutes
88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))
35 % of GCSE
 
     
Challenges in the human environment
Urban issues and challenges
The changing economic world
The challenge of resource management
Geographical skills
Paper 2
Written exam: 1 hour
30 minutes
88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))
35 % of GCSE
 
     
Geographical applications
Issue evaluation
Fieldwork
Geographical skills
Paper 3
Written exam: 1 hour
15 minutes
76 marks (including 6 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))
30 % of GCSE
 

 The table below is a breakdown of the units studied at GCSE and the format of the assessments.

   Year 10

Year 11

 

Units
Assessments
Units
Assessment

Autumn    

River landscapes in the UK The following types of assessment are planned: 
Exam questions
Essays
Fieldwork write ups
Skills based tasks with interpretation
Mini issue evaluation tasks
Urban issues and challenges in the UK.
Compulsory fieldwork task:
Human (an urban area Cambridge)
The following types of assessment are planned:
Exam questions
Essays
Fieldwork write ups
Skills based tasks with interpretation
Mini issue evaluation tasks
The main focus in Year 11 will be examination questions.
Global development
Issues of economic and social development, including a case study of Pakistan as a LIC (Low Income Country)
Urban issues and challenges in LICs and NEEs
Including a case study of a city in a LIC or NEE (Newly Emerging Economy)

Spring   

The Living World
Studies of ecosystems at different scales: UK, tropical rainforest and polar environments.
Natural hazards
Climatic and weather hazards including climate change
Coastal landscapes in the UK Resource management
UK water, energy and global food issues

Summer   

Compulsory fieldwork task
Physical and human interaction (Sheringham coast)
Revision and preparation for issue evaluation (pre-released material)
Economic change in the UK

Natural hazards- tectonics

 

GCSE Examination
Formal Assessment in exam halls.