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GCSE – Year 10/11
Examination Board AQA – Geography Specification A (9030) Geography at GCSE is not only up-to-date and relevant, it is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today. So many of the world’s current problems boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them.

Global warming, sustainable food production, natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, the spread of disease, the reasons for migration and the future of energy resources are just some of the great challenges facing the next generation of geographers.

GCSE Geography provides pupils with a clear, overall view of aspects of our world in the first part of the 21st century. Teaching methods encourage and stimulate pupils to become active and independent learners. Like geography itself, the aims of the course are wide ranging and give pupils the opportunity to:

-  Acquire a knowledge of geographical concepts, develop a sense of place and an appreciation of the environment

-  Appreciate the dynamic nature of Geography and our rapidly changing world

-  Understand the significance of people’s values and attitudes in decision making

-  Be aware of their responsibilities to other people, the environment and the sustainability of the planet and develop an understanding of global citizenship

-  Undertake individual research and investigative work and to make use of modern information technologies, including Geographical Information Systems

-  Acquire and apply geographical skills and techniques: communication skills, graphical and cartographical skills, interpersonal skills through debate and discussion, literacy and numeracy, problem solving skills, entrepreneurial skills and awareness of career possibilities.

The AQA A specification provides a balanced coverage of physical, human and environmental aspects of Geography. The table below shows an overview of the content and assessment of the specification.

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