Summary of assessment

The minimum teaching requirements for the full course are; one topic from Section A, one topic from Section B and one topic from either Section A or Section B on both Unit 1 and Unit 2. 

Unit 1: Physical Geography 37.5% of the full GCSE 
  • External examination 
  • June availability starting from June 2014

Summary of Content

Section A
  • The Restless Earth 
  • Rocks, Resources and Scenery 
  • Challenge of Weather and Climate 
  • Living World
Section B 
  • Water on the Land 
  • Ice on the Land 
  • The Coastal Zone

Style of Assessment

  • 1 hour 30 minute examination 
  • Candidates answer three questions, one from Section A and one from Section B plus free choice of one other.

 

Unit 2: Human Geography 37.5% of the full GCSE 
  • External examination 
  • June availability starting from June 2014

Summary of Content

Section A
  • Population Change
  • Changing Urban Environments
  • Changing Rural Environments
Section B
  • The Development Gap
  • Globalisation
  • Tourism
Style of Assessment
  • 1 hour 30 minute examination
  • Candidates answer three questions, one from Section A and one from Section B plus free choice of one other 
  •  Spelling, punctuation and grammar will be assessed in this unit.
Unit 3: Local Fieldwork Investigation 25% of the full GCSE 
  • Controlled Assessment
  • June availability starting from June 2014
Local Fieldwork Investigation

Marked out of 60. Maximum word guidance of 2000. 6 hour write-up under direct supervision.

  • Task Setting: Centres will select a task from a choice of 11 provided by AQA 2 years prior to submission.
  • Task Taking: Candidates will work under the direct supervision of a teacher at all times, with the exception of research involving primary and/or secondary data collection. 
  • Task Marking: Centres will mark the candidates' work which will then be moderated by AQA.