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‘Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them. It helps pupils to make sense of their surroundings and to gain a better appreciation’

GEO 03

Key stage 5, Year 12 AQA Level

Subject content

Physical geography

  1. Water and carbon cycles
  2. Hot desert systems and landscapes
  3. Coastal systems and landscapes
  4. Glacial systems and landscapes
  5. Hazards
  6. Ecosystems under stress

Human geography

  1. Global systems and global governance
  2. Changing places
  3. Contemporary urban environments
  4. Population and the environment
  5. Resource security

Geography fieldwork investigation

  1. Fieldwork requirements
  2. Investigation requirements

Geographical skills

  1. Geographical skills checklist

Assessments

Component 1: Physical geography
What’s assessed

Section A: Water and carbon cycles

Section B: either Hot desert systems and landscapes or Coastal systems and landscapes or Glacial systems and landscapes

Section C: either Hazards or Ecosystems under stress

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

120 marks

40% of A-level

Questions

Section A: answer all questions (36 marks)

Section B: answer either question 2 or question 3 or question 4 (36 marks)

Section C: answer either question 5 or question 6 (48 marks)

Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose

Component 2: Human geography
What’s assessed

Section A: Global systems and global governance

Section B: Changing places

Section C: either Contemporary urban environments or Population and the environment or Resource security

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

120 marks

40% of A-level

Questions

Section A: answer all questions (36 marks)

Section B: answer all questions (36 marks)

Section C: answer either question 3 or question 4 or question 5 (48 marks)

Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Component 3: Geography fieldwork investigation
What’s assessed

Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

How it’s assessed

3,000–4,000 words

60 marks

20% of A-level

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