Geography — GCSE

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Course information

The new AQA GCSE Geography course is designed to give you a wide range of skills and a depth of understanding in numerous different aspects of the human and physical world, which is why it is a great option both for students wishing to continue to A-Level study or go into the world of work. Put simply, if you are interested in the world around you, then Geography is a subject you should be considering.
The course allows you to:
• Build your knowledge and understanding of the world around you
• Develop fieldwork skills in both urban and physical landscapes
• Have a say in your studies, as you decide certain elements of the course
• Study some of the greatest challenges around the world, from poverty to climate change
• Progress to A-Level or employment
The first half of the year of study covers three Physical Geography topics: Natural Hazards, the Living World and Physical Landscapes of the UK. Alongside these units, you will also complete at least one day of fieldwork in a Physical Geography environment and gain wider geographical skills.
The second half of the year of study covers three Human Geography topics: Urban Issues and Challenges, the Changing Economic World and Resource Management. Alongside these units, you will also complete another day of fieldwork in a Human Geography environment and prepare for the Paper 3 exam which is a shorter exam based on pre-released material – the topic of which changes year to year (this year is looking at Water Management in the UK).
In May/June, you then sit three exams – one on the three Physical units, the second on the three Human units, and one on the pre-released paper. The first two exams are worth 35% of your overall mark each and are 90-minute exams, and Paper 3 is worth 30% and lasts 75 minutes.


AQA GCSE Geography

This course leads to...

A Level in Geography

Entry Requirements

You will need to have 2 Grade C's or a level 1 equivalent qualification in a relevant subject,

achieved within the last 5 years

All students aged 16-18 without GCSE English and maths at C or above will work towards these

qualifications while on their course.

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 158194

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, and you need to study at Entry or Level 1 to progress to Level 2, you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

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