This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the
link between them.

Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK),
higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).

Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the
challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society,
by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Subject content

Living with the physical environment
Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
Section B: The living world
Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

Challenges in the human environment
Section A: Urban issues and challenges
Section B: The changing economic world
Section C: The challenge of resource management

Geographical applications
Section A: Issue evaluation
Section B: Fieldwork

Geographical skills


Paper 1: Living with the physical environment – 35% of GCSE

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment – 35% of GCSE

Paper 3: Geographical applications – 30% of GCSE

For more information please follow this link to the AQA Specification for GCSE Geography.