Park Lane Academy


AQA GCSE Geography

Outline of Subject

Studying Geography can provide an individual with a holistic understanding of our planet and its systems. Those who study Geography are better prepared to understand topics impacting our planet such as climate change, energy demand, uneven development, and natural hazards. Studying Geography develops a range of transferable skills which are highly valued in higher education, further education and the world of work. In addition to knowing about our planet and its people, those who choose to study Geography will learn to think critically, research, and communicate their thoughts through writing and other means of communication independently. They will have skills that are valued in all careers.


Year Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Physical Geography for Paper 1
10 Natural Hazards and Tectonic Hazards

Changing UK Coastal Landscapes and changing UK River

The Living World and Weather Hazards
Human Geography for Paper 2

Challenge of Resource Management and

Urban Issues and challenges (Rio de


Urban Issues and

Challenges (Leeds) and

changing Economic           


People and the environmental issues



Geographical Applications for Paper 3

Fieldwork and

Pre-release and Public



How will I learn?

You will study a range of human and physical topics within Geography, covering the fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding required which then develops into the examination. Examination questions are a mixture of multiple choice, short answer, levels of response and an extended answer in each section worth 9 marks. Students will be required to organise their knowledge and ideas when completing the extended writing question between 6 and 9 marks in order to demonstrate their understanding of the key topics studied. A high standard of English is exceptionally important when studying Geography as students are marked on their spelling, punctuation and grammar in one question on each paper.