Specifications that use this resource:

Planning to switch to AQA?

Switching to AQA: from Eduqas A1

To save you time and help you compare our GCSE Geography with the Eduqas A1 specification, we’ve created some comparison tables.

These tables highlight the content and requirements side by side, so you can make the right choice for your students.

Let us know if you’d like to hear from us, we’ll send you everything you need to get started.

Assessment structure

Paper 1

AQA – GCSE Geography

Eduqas – GCSE Geography A1

Living with the physical environment

Changing physical and human landscapes

Written exam

Written exam

1 hour 30 minutes

1 hour 30 minutes

88 marks (35% of GCSE)

88 marks (35% of GCSE)

Paper 2

AQA – GCSE Geography

Eduqas – GCSE Geography A1

Challenges in the human environment

Environmental and development issues

Written exam

Written exam

1 hour 30 minutes

1 hour 30 minutes

88 marks (35% of GCSE)

88 marks (35% of GCSE)

Paper 3

AQA – GCSE Geography

Eduqas – GCSE Geography A1

Geographical applications

Applied fieldwork enquiry

Written exam

Written exam

1 hour 15 minutes

1 hour 30 minutes

76 marks (30% of GCSE)

76 marks (30% of GCSE)

Subject content

Paper 1

AQA – GCSE Geography

Eduqas – GCSE Geography A1

3.1 Living with the physical environment

3.1.1 – the challenge of natural hazards

  • 3.1.1.1 Natural hazards
  • 3.1.1.2 Tectonic hazards
  • 3.1.1.3 Weather hazards
  • 3.1.1.4 Climate changes

Theme one: landscapes and physical processes

  • 1.1.1 – 1.1.3 Distinctive landscapes of the UK
  • 1.2.1 – 1.2.2 Landform processes and change
  • 1.3.1 – 1.3.3 Drainage basins in the UK

3.1.2 – the living world

  • 3.1.2.1 Ecosystems
  • 3.1.2.2 Tropical rainforests
  • 3.1.2.3 Hot deserts
  • 3.1.2.4 Cold environments

Theme two: rural urban links

  • 2.1.1 – 2.1.4 The urban-rural continuum in the UK
  • 2.2.1 – 2.2.3 Population and urban change in the UK
  • 2.3.1 – 2.3.3 Urban issues in contrasting global cities

3.1.3 – physical landscapes in the UK

  • 3.1.3.1 Overview of UK physical landscapes

Two from:

  • 3.1.3.2 Coastal landscapes in the UK
  • 3.1.3.3 River landscapes in the UK
  • 3.1.3.4 Glacial landscapes in the UK

Optional themes – one from:

Theme three: tectonic landscapes and hazards

  • 3.1.1 tectonic processes and landforms
  • 3.2.1 – 3.2.2  Vulnerability and hazard reduction

Theme four: coastal hazards and their management

  • 4.1.1  Vulnerable coastlines
  • 4.2.1 – 4.2.2 Managing coastal hazards.

Paper 2

AQA – GCSE Geography

Eduqas – GCSE Geography A1

3.2.1 Section A – urban issues and challenges:

Including case study of major city in an LIC or NEE and a case study of a major city in the UK.

Theme five: weather, climate and ecosystems

  • 5.1.1 – 5.1.2 Climate change during the Quaternary period
  • 5.2.1 – 5.2.2 Weather patterns and processes
  • 5.3.1 – 5.3.2 Processes and interactions within ecosystems
  • 5.4.1 – 5.4.3 Human activity and ecosystem processes

3.2.2 Section B – the changing economic world

Including development indicators, causes of uneven development and a case study of a LIC or NEE.

Theme six: development and resource issues

  • 6.1.1 Measuring global inequalities
  • 6.2.1 – 6.2.2 Causes and consequences of uneven development
  • 6.3.1 – 6.3.2 Water resources and their management
  • 6.4.1 – 6.4.3 Regional economic development

3.2.3 Section C – the challenge of resource management

3.2.3.1 Resource management. Overview of resources in relation to the UK. One from:

  • 3.2.3.2 Food
  • 3.2.3.3 Water
  • 3.2.3.4 Energy

Optional themes – one from:

Theme seven: social development issues

  • 7.1.1 Measuring social development
  • 7.1.2 –  7.1.3 Consequences and responses to uneven social development

Theme eight: environmental challenges

  • 8.1.1 –  8.1.2 Consumerism and its impact on the environment
  • 8.2.1   Management of ecosystems

Paper 3

AQA – GCSE Geography

Eduqas – GCSE Geography A1

3.3.1 Section A – issue evaluation

Using pre-release resource issued 12 weeks before the date of the exam. Theme based on compulsory part of the specification.

Part A

Approaches to fieldwork methodology, representation and analysis.

3.3.2 Section B – fieldwork

Assessment based on two geographical enquiries completed by candidates and on fieldwork materials from an unfamiliar context. One enquiry must focus on human geography and the second enquiry must focus on physical geography. One of the enquiries must show an understanding about the interaction between physical and human geography.

Part B

How fieldwork enquiry may be used to investigate geography’s broad conceptual frameworks.

Assessment of parts A and B will be based on two geographical enquiries completed by candidates and on fieldwork materials from an unfamiliar context. Fieldwork options are published two years in advance on the exam. Centres choose one from Table A and one from Table B.

Part C

This section will assess the application of broad geographical concepts to a wider UK context and assess the ability to make and justify a decision.

Specifications that use this resource: