Year 10

Description of activities

This course will develop a student’s understanding of the following areas:

  • Current issues, that both people and the environment, face, at a local, national and international scale
  • Global challenges and how these can be managed and mitigated sustainably.
  • Values and attitudes to the environment and how people interact with and respond to it.
  • Preparation for understanding the world in which they are going to live and work.
  • Understanding the role as a global citizen and raise awareness of their responsibility to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
  • Research, analytical and presentation skills

Learning will be assessed by:

Living with the physical environment

Challenges in the human environment

Geographical applications

Students will be examined across 3 papers.

  • Papers 1 (Physical geography) and 2 (Human geography) are 1 hour 30 minutes and are worth 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG)) and make up 35% of the course each.
  • The 3rd paper assesses geographical skills and fieldwork techniques. the paper lasts 1 hour 15 minutes and is worth 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG), which is worth 30% of GCSE. As part of the paper a resources booklet is made available 12 weeks before the exam.
  • Further information can be found on the AQA exam board website:




Topics Covered and Controlled Assessment  Dates

Year 10

Autumn 1st half term


Section A: The challenge of natural hazards

Students will learn about the challenges of natural hazards; tectonics, tropical storms, flooding and climate change

Autumn 2nd half term

Section B: The living world

Students will learn about the structure, threats and management of ecosystems, such as the tropical rainforest.

Spring 1st half term

Section B: The living world

Students will explore the characteristics of hot deserts and flora and fauna adaptations and human interaction.

Spring 2nd half term

Section A: Urban issues and challenges

Students will learn how urban growth can create challenges and how inequalities are being reduced in developed countries.

Summer 1st half term

Section A: Urban issues and challenges

Students will learn the opportunities and challenges created by urbanisation in developing countries and how urban living can be sustainable.

Summer 2nd half term

Section A: Issue evaluation, fieldwork and geographical skills

Students will undergo investigative work and fieldwork methods, then apply and explore a wide variety of data presentation, mapping and data interpretation skills.

Revision Sites:



 Revision  guides can be purchased from the department

Apps to support subject:

Geography GCSE Revision by EducationApps Ltd

Podcasts on the school website

Planned Support:

Support is available after school by arrangement with Mrs Haley and Mr Harker or via email

shaley@theacademyselsey-tkat.org           rharker@theacademyselsey-tkat.org