KS4 Geography

Why Choose GCSE Geography?

Geography at Lostock Hall Academy is a very popular option. Students achieve good results from Geography, and many students go on to college and continue to study it there.

The study of GCSE Geography can help you to:

  • Gain knowledge of your world and an understanding of current events.
  • Appreciate different cultures in this country and in other parts of the world.
  • Become aware of physical (natural) and human environments.
  • Develop a range of useful skills. These include map reading, graph and diagram drawing and interpretation, problem solving, data collection, decision-making, and role-play. The use of ICT is also encouraged and developed.

The GCSE course followed is the AQA syllabus A for the current Year 10 (exam 2017) and 11 (exam 2016), but will change to the New GCSE AQA for examination in 2018 (current Year 9 students).


For examination in 2016 and 2017, the examination consists of two written papers and one piece of controlled assessment.

Paper 1 – 37.5% of the marks.

  • The Restless Earth (Tectonic Activity)
  • The Coastal Zone
  • Ice on the Land

Paper 2 – 35% of the marks.Both papers are completed in the June of Year 11.

  • Population Change
  • Changing Urban Environments
  • Tourism

Controlled Assessment - 25% of the marks.

This is completed either in the June of Year 10 or the September of Year 11 depending on the question posed by the exam board. It is imperative that students do not miss any of these sessions, or they could be at a disadvantage.

A geographical investigation of approximately 2000 words is produced based on either a study of a Glaciated Area or an Urban Study. Each year group will be different because the exam board changes the questions each year.


For examination in 2018, students will sit 3 papers as below:

Paper 1 – 35% of final grade

  • Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • The Living World Physical Landscapes in the UK
  • Geographical Skills

Paper 2 – 35% of final grade

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Changing Economic World
  • The Challenge of Resource Management
  • Geographical Skills

Paper 3 – 30% of final grade.

Students will receive a source booklet 12 weeks in advance of this exam.

They will have to analyse and interpret (with the assistance of the teacher) the contents and be prepared to complete a decision making activity within an exam situation.

Fieldwork – although this is not directly assessed, students must complete 2 field visits and gain skills and techniques which will then be expected to be referred to and used in the paper 3 exam.

More information regarding this can be found at: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035


How Parents can help - Support at Home at KS4:

  • Purchase from school the CGP GCSE Geography Specification A revision guide, practice workbooks, and answer booklets.
  • Make good use of the case study slides on Youtube, e.g. Montserrat, Supervolcano, Haiti natural disasters.
  • Print off and practise past papers.

Useful Websites

Career Implications

Geographers are among the most employable of people. The skills and knowledge acquired are much sought after by employers. Geography provides experience of a variety of general skills including written and oral presentation, teamwork, problem-solving, numeracy, computing, graphics, mapping, survey methods and research skills. Geographers are adaptable and can be easily trained, whilst their broad understanding and range of approaches to the world and its problems are relevant to many different jobs.