Courses Followed

The course a student followed depending on the level at which they are sitting it.

GCSE

A Level

 GCSE AQA Geography (8035)

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

What's assessed:

 3.1.1 The challenge of natural hazards, 3.1.2 The living world, 3.1.3 Physical landscapes in the UK, 3.4 Geographical skills

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

• 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))

• 35% of GCSE

Questions

 • Section A: answer all questions (33 marks)

Section B: answer all questions (25 marks) • Section C: answer any two questions from questions 3, 4 and 5 (30 marks)

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

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

What's assessed:

3.2.1 Urban issues and challenges, 3.2.2 The changing economic world, 3.2.3 The challenge of resource management, 3.4 Geographical skills

How it's assessed:

• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

• 88 marks (including 3 marks for SPaG)

• 35% of GCSE

Questions:

Section A: answer all questions (33 marks)

Section B: answer all questions (30 marks)

Section C: answer question 3 and one from questions 4, 5 or 6 (25 marks)

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

Paper 3: Geographical applications

What's assessed:

3.3.1 Issue evaluation, 3.3.2 Fieldwork, 3.4 Geographical skills

How it's assessed:

 • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

• 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG)

• 30% of GCSE

• Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam

Questions

Section A: answer all questions (37 marks)

Section B: answer all questions (39 marks)

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

 A – Level Geography (7037)

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

• marked by teachers

• moderated by AQA