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Get a better GCSE grade by testing yourself


Looking at all the study on studying, the best way to revise is to include self-testing (teachers can read this article here and thank you to @C_Hendrick on twitter for showing me it).

I am attaching a 20-25 mark test for each of our 6 topics. none of them of course, cover the whole topic, however they do at least give you an idea about what you DONT YET KNOW WELL ENOUGH. My advice would be to

  1. take the test
  2. check your answers
  3. revise the areas you were weakest at
  4. take the test again a couple of days later
  5. do some exam questions on the topic

click on these 2 links

Questions for self testing

All the answers

Don’t cheat ūüėČ


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ALL Past Papers for higher Physical part of AQA GCSE Geography syllabus A

Revising for your exam by answering  past exam questions is THE best way to prepare and to get a better grade than in your mock.

Below are the actual exam papers, the inserts (which is the booklet of maps and photos you get with your exam) and the mark schemes too. Please note the inserts for 2013 and 2014 are too big to upload here. you can either borrow a copy form me or find on the AQA site

Please feel free to email or hand in any exam questions you have attempted and I will be more than happy to mark them for you.

Jun16 Physical Higher PAPER

Jun16 Physical Higher INSERT

Jun16 Physical Higher MARK SCHEME


Jun15 physical paper

Jun15 physical Mark Scheme

Jun15 physical INSERT


Physical higher paper 2014

Physical Higher Mark Scheme 2014


Physical Higher Paper 2013

Physical higher Mark Scheme 2013


Higher question paper 2012

Higher mark scheme 2012

Higher question insert 2012


Higher EXAMPAPER physical 2011

Higher INSERT physical 2011

Higher MARK SCHEME physical paper 2011


higher EXAMPAPER physical 2010

higher physical INSERT-2010

higher physical mark scheme 2010



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All past papers for the Foundation Physical Paper

The best way to revise ALWAYS includes answering exam questions! here are EVERY SINGLE past paper, mark scheme and insert. Enjoy!

2016 foundation physical PAPER

2016 Foundation physical INSERT

2016 foundation physical MARK SCHEME


2015 physical foundation PAPER

2015 physical foundation INSERT

2015 physical foundation MARK SCHEME


june 14 fdtn physical PAPER

june 14 fdtn physical INSERT

june 14 fdtn physical MARK SCHEME


paper 2013 physical exam paper 1

2013 foundation insert for paper 1 physical geography was too big to attach!! please go to AQA website)

mark scheme 2013 foundation physical


Foundation question paper 2012

INSERT 2012 fdtn physical paper 1

Foundation mark scheme 2012


2011 physical fndtn PAPER

2011 physical fndtn INSERT

2011 physical fndtn mark scheme

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Constructive and Destructive Waves

You would do well to find a better page on the web to explain the differences between these two types of wave than the BBC Bitesize revision one. So click here to have a look. I have posted before about waves in general. You can read that here

There is also a video here, made by another teacher that explains it quite well. It comes with a music soundtrack from the 1980s – around about the time I took my GCSE (well it was called an O’Level in those days)


Typical exam questions on this might be:

Describe the 3 features of a constructive or destructive wave (3 marks)


Explain how a constructive or destructive wave shapes the coast. (4 marks)

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Help in revising Case Studies – Revision Cards

In the last couple of years a lot more pupils are using cards to help them revise. I worry that you¬†may either be taking the wrong type of notes or maybe just copying out notes. Neither of which is going to help much. Therefore, I have drawn out some very simple ‘skeleton case study cards’ to guide you. After completing each one the best thing, as always, is to try a past exam question.¬†(the top left box says PSI or Place Specific Information, which is the unique details, location and¬†facts about¬†the event or place you need to know)

I also include a link below to the case study revision cards by topic

Changing Urban Environments Skeleton Revision Cards

Development Gap Skeleton Revision Cards

Tourism Skeleton Revision Cards

Restless Earth Skeleton Revision Cards

Water on the land Skeleton Revision Cards

Coastal Zone Skeleton Revision Cards


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Water Aid example of international aid

This video only 18 minutes long almost teaches the whole of the aid topic and half the development gap one on its own; its astounding…. well done Water Aid… watch it and look at:

  1. what makes areas less developed?
  2. how are people trying to help themselves
  3. what are the conditions in a shanty town?
  4. what impact does clean water and toilets proved to people? (this is the one covered most in this)
  5. how can you measure development?

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Revising Coastal Defence in Holderness

The video below is really good for (1) locating coastal defences on the Holderness coast and giving you great Place Specific information (PSI). (2) It also talks clearly about the advantages and disadvantages of different defences and finally (3) it explains about the sustainability of each method

However, the exam question mentioned is for a different board and therefore I would recommend watching up to about 3:50.

Those of you doing the higher paper could try the 2014 question 7(d) worth 8 marks. It is about discussing “the costs and benefits of using hard engineering to reduce the risk of cliff collapse” The full exam paper and resources can be found here. As an exam tip you really need to concentrate on what the word DISCUSS means here – you need to talk about the advantages and disadvantages to get yourself the higher marks for this

If you are doing the foundation paper there was a very similar question that year, though it was worth 6 marks instead; it asked “explain how hard engineering can reduce the risk of cliff collapse”. To access that 2014 paper click here¬†

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