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In years 7 to 9 students will study a total of 15 units, 5 per year and each of these will be assessed through an end of unit test.

In Year 7 students will study:

  • Unit 1: What is geography?
  • Unit 2: Natural Resources
  • Unit 3: The Economy
  • Unit 4: Weather and Climate
  • Unit 5: Russia.

In year 8 students will study:

  • Unit 6: Rivers
  • Unit 7: Development
  • Unit 8: Population
  • Unit 9: Land and Sea
  • Unit10: Asia

In year 9 students will study:

  • Unit 11: Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Unit12: Africa
  • Unit 13: Ice
  • Unit 14: The Middle East
  • Unit 15: Climate Change.


GCSE Geography is a challenging and enjoyable course that draws on the knowledge, understanding and geographical skills gained at Key Stage 3.

Students will gain an insight into the world around them beyond their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).


The AQA exam consists of three exam papers:

Subject Content:

Living with the physical environment: Exam paper 1 hour 30 minutes.

  • 3.1.1 Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
  • 3.1.2 Section B: The living world
  • 3.1.3 Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

Challenges in the human environment: Exam Paper 2 hour 30 minutes.

  • 3.2.1 Section A: Urban issues and challenges
  • 3.2.2 Section B: The changing economic world
  • 3.2.3 Section C: The challenge of resource management

Geographical applications: Exam Paper 3 1 hour 15 minutes. Paper 3 will have a pre-release resources booklet that is made available 12 weeks before the exam.

  • 3.3.1 Section A: Issue evaluation
  • 3.3.2 Section B: Fieldwork: this will involve two geographical enquiries which includes the collection of data linked to the content of paper 1 and 2.

Geographical skills

  • 3.4 Geographical skills (assessed in paper 2)

What Parents/Carers can do to help:

Your child has been given a Knowledge Organiser for each topic they study. This summarises the key information they must know if they are to be successful in this subject. Please encourage them to learn this off by heart and revise topics regularly. In addition to this, it is important that your child spends at least 30 minutes per day revising and completing any tasks set by their teacher.