GCSE Past Exam Papers

There are now all the past exam questions for the AQA A geography syllabus under the GCSE Tab.  They are from 2004 to 2006 so far and you can open them in word and answer the questions.  They have been split into each topic 

Here are some past GCSE case study questions. These are all the case studies that the examination board has published. Read each one and then decide which case study you would use for each question. REMEMBER all the case studies follow the same pattern with NAME, LOCATE, DESCRIBE and EXPLAIN


WEATHER AND CLIMATE
A type of climate and its effects on people and the environment (Spec. June 2003)
(i) Name and locate a type of climate you have studied
(ii) Describe the main features of the climate type
(iii) Explain how it affects of has affected people and the environment

The effect of a type of climate on people and the environment over a whole year (June 2000)
(i) Name the climate type
(ii) Describe the climate type
(iii) Explain how it affects people and the environment over a whole year

A weather event (June 2001)
(i) Name a weather event you have studied
(ii) Describe how the weather event affected different groups of people and the environment
(iii) Explain why the weather event took place

A weather event caused by a high or low pressure weather system (June 2003)
(i) Name a location where you have studied a weather event
(ii) State whether the weather event was caused by a high or low pressure system
(iii) Describe how the weather event affected people and the environment
(iv) Explain what caused the weather event (use diagrams if you wish)A type of climate (June 2004)
(i) Name a type of climate you have studied.
(ii) Name a place where this type of climate can be found.
(iii) Describe the main features of this type of climate. Refer to the whole year.
(iv) Explain how plants and wildlife OR different groups of people are affected by this type of climate.

A weather even caused by low pressure (June 2005)
(i) Name and locate a weather event that has been caused by a low pressure system
(ii) Describe the weather event
(iii) Explain how the weather event affected different groups of people and/or organizations.

ECOSYSTEMS
The sustainable management of an ecosystem (Specimen June 2003)
(i) Name and locate an ecosystem you have studied
(ii) Describe how the ecosystem has been managed for sustainability
(iii) Explain how successful this management has been

Conserving an ecosystem that is being damaged (June 2001)
(i) Name and locate an ecosystem that is being damaged
(ii) Describe how the ecosystem is being damaged
(iii) Explain how different groups of people or organizations are trying to conserve this ecosystem

The effects of people on an ecosystem (June 2003)
(i) Name and locate an ecosystem you have studied
(ii) Describe the structure of the ecosystem referring to plants and animals (use diagrams if you wish)
(iii) Explain how and why people are changing (or have changed) the ecosystem structure

An ecosystem and changes caused by different groups of people (June 2000)
(i) Name the ecosystem
(ii) Describe the main features of the ecosystem
(iii) Explain how different groups of people have changed the ecosystem

An ecosystem that is being used in an unsustainable way (June 2004)
(i) Name a place where you have studied an ecosystem that is being used in an unsustainable way by people or organizations.
(ii) Name the type of ecosystem you have studied
(iii) Describe how people or organizations are using this ecosystem.
(iv) Explain why this makes the ecosystem unsustainable

An ecosystem and climate (June 2005)
(i) Name and locate an ecosystem that is found on land
(ii) Describe the plants and animals found in this ecosystem
(iii) Explain how the plants and animals are adapted to the climate of this ecosystem

WATER SUPPLY

A scheme to change the supply of water (June 2002)
(i) Name a place where the supply of water has been, or is being, changed by people
(ii) Describe how the supply of water was, or is being, changed
(iii) Explain how the changing water supply is affecting, or will affect, different groups of people or organizations

A water shortage and its effects on people and places (Specimen June 2003)
(i) Name a place which has been affected by a water shortage
(ii) Describe how the water shortage caused problems for people and the environment
(iii) Explain what is being done or could be done to prevent a water shortage in the future

RIVERS AND COASTAL LANDFORMS

A river landform (June 2003)
(i) Name a place where you have studied a river landform. Name the type of landform and state whether it was crated by erosion or deposition
(ii) Describe how the river landform was created
(iii) Explain how the river landform has been OR is being used by people and/or organizations


A landform that brings advantages and disadvantages to an area (June 2001)
(i) Name and locate the landform
(ii) Describe how it was formed (draw maps and diagrams if you wish)
(iii) Explain how it brings advantages and disadvantages to the area

A landform formed by water action that attracts people (June 2002)
(i) Name a landform formed by water action that attracts people
(ii) Describe what attracts people to the landform
(iii) Explain how people’
s use of the landform brings advantages and disadvantages

A landform created by the work of the sea (June 2005)
(i) Name and locate a landform that has been created by work of the sea
(ii) Describe how the landform was created by the sea
(iii) Explain any advantages and disadvantages that the landform brings to the area around it
A coastal managements scheme that protects the coast from the action of the sea (June 2005)
(i) Name and locate a coastal management scheme that has taken, or is taking, place to protect the coast
(ii) Describe the scheme
(iii) Explain why the scheme was, or is necessary


A river landform (June 2006)
(i) Name and locate the landform
(ii) Describe the landform
(iii) Explain how it was formed. Use diagrams to help you.FLOODING AND FLOOD PREVENTION
The effects of a flood and flood prevention (June 2001)
(i) Name an area where flooding has taken place
(ii) Describe how the flood affected people and the environment
(iii) Explain what is being done or could be done to prevent flooding in this area
A place where a serious flood or a serious drought has affected people and the environment (June 2003)
(i) Name a place where you have studied a serious flood or a serious drought
(ii) Describe how the flood or drought affected people and the environment
(iii) Explain what people could do or have done to prevent the flood or drought affecting them in the future
A Place the has been affected by flooding (June 2006)
(i) Name a place that has been affected by flooding.
(ii) Describe the effects of the flooding on people and the environment.
(iii) Explain what causes the place to flood.

MIGRATION
A place that people have migrated away from
(i) Name a place that people have migrated away from
(ii) State whether this place is urban (town or city) or rural (village or countryside)
(iii) Describe the facts that caused people to migrate. Refer to push and pull factors
(iv) Explain how the area they migrated away from was affected
A place from where people have migrated (June 2002)
(i) Name a place from where people have migrated
(ii) Describe the place they migrated away from
(iii) Explain why they moved away (refer to push and pull factors)

A place that people have migrated away from (June 2004)
(i) Name a place that people have migrated away from.
(ii) State whether this place is urban (town or city) or rural (village or countryside)
(iii) Describe the factors that caused people to migrate. Refer to push and pull factors.
(iv) Explain how the area they migrated away from was affected.

Population change and how it affects a place. (June 2006)
(i) Name a place where the population is changing
(ii) Describe how the population is changing
(iii) Explain to what extent the changes have affected the place.

SERVICES
Improving services
(i) Name a place where services have been improved
(ii) State whether this place is in an urban (town or city) or rural (village or countryside) area
(iii) Describe how the services have been improved
(iv) Explain how these improvements affected different groups of people

The distribution of a service (June 2000)
(i) Choose a service you have studied from the list below: parks and public open spaces; leisure services; transport services; shopping services; offices; education services
(ii) Name the place where you have studied this service
(iii) Draw a sketch map to show the distribution of the service
(iv) Explain the distribution of the service

An area that has been improved in a town or city in an MEDC (June 2001)
(i) Name and locate an area that has been improved
(ii) Describe the problems that needed solving in the area
(iii) Explain how successful the improvements have been for different groups of people living in or close to this area

Changes in a land use or service (June 2002)
(i) Name a place you have studied where a land use or a service has changed
(ii) Describe how the land use or service has changed
(iii) Explain how the changed affected different groups of people and the environment
Improving services (June 2004)
(i) Name a place where services have been improved.
(ii) State whether this place is in an urban (town or city) or rural (village or countryside) area.
(iii) Describe how the services have been improved.
(iv) Explain how these improvements have affected different groups of people.
An area where services have been changed in a More Economically Developed Country (MEDC)(June 2005)
(i) Name and locate an urban area where services have been changed in an MEDC
(ii) Describe how the services in this area have been changed.
(iii) Explain how different groups of people andorganizationss have gained or lost from these changes
A Planning Issue in a town or city (June 2006)
(i) Name an area in a town or city where changes to the environment have been planned
(ii) Describe these changes
(iii) Explain the effects of these changes on different groups of people

HOUSING
A planning scheme that affected the quality of housing for different groups of people (June 2000)
(i) Name the area
(ii) Describe the planning scheme
(iii) Explain how the scheme affected the quality of housing for different groups of people

Different types of housing in a town or city (June 2001)
For a named town or city in an LEDC or MEDC:
(i) Name the town or city
(ii) Describe the distribution of different types of housing (draw diagrams or sketch maps if you wish)
(iii) Explain why different groups of people live in these housing areas

An area that has been improved in a town or city in an MEDC (June 2001)
(i) Name and locate an area that has been improved
(ii) Describe the problems that needed solving in the area
(iii) Explain how successful the improvements have been for different groups of people living in or close to this area

Changes in a land use or service (June 2002)
(i) Name a place you have studied where a land use or a service has changed
(ii) Describe how the land use or service has changed
(iii) Explain how the changed affected different groups of people and the environment
Where people live in a town or city (June 2005)
(i) Name a town or city you have studied

(ii) Describe where different groups of people live in this town or city (Draw a diagram or map if you wish)
(iii) Explain why different groups of people live in these areas
CHANGING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
A country or region outside the UK where changing employment opportunities are affecting people and the area (Specimen June 2003)
(i) Name
the country or region
(ii) Describe how the employment opportunities are changing
(iii) Explain how these changes are affecting people and the area

OVERSEAS INVESTMENT
The effect of overseas investment on a country or region (June 2000)
For a named country or region you have studied
(i) describe how overseas investment has affected employment opportunities
(ii) explain any social or environmental impacts that the overseas investment has had on the country or region

Overseas investment in an MEDC (June 2002)
(i) Name an MEDC you have studied
(ii) Describe the nature of the overseas investment in the MEDC
(iii) Explain how the overseas investment has affected people and the environment in the MEDC

A country or region of a country that has received or is receiving aid (June 2003)
(i) Name a country or region of a country that has received or is receiving aid
(ii) Describe the aid that has been given to the country or region
(iii) Explain the impact of aid on the country or region
A country that trades with other countries (June 2004)
(i) Name a country that trades with other countries
(ii) Describe this country’s pattern of trade
(iii) Explain how this country is affected by this trade

A country that has recieved Aid (June 2006)
(i) Name a country that has recieved aid
(ii) Describe the type of aid recieved by this country.
(iii) Explain the extent to which the country has benefited from this Aid INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT
A primary or secondary industrial development (June 2000)
(i) Name the industrial development
(ii) Draw an annotated sketch map to show its location
(iii) Explain any advantages or disadvantages of its present location

The effect of the location of a primary or tertiary economic activity on people and the environment (Specimen June 2003)
(i) Name and locate a primary or tertiary economic activity that you have studied
(ii) Describe the location of the activity (use diagrams if you wish)
(iii) Explain how this location has affected people and the environment

The location of a primary or tertiary economic activity (June 2003)
(i) Name a place where you have studied a primary or tertiary economic activity
(ii) State whether you are writing about a primary or tertiary activity
(iii) Draw a labelled sketch map to show the location of the activity
(iv) Explain the advantages and disadvantages of this location now

The location of new job opportunities (June 2002)
(i) Name a place where new job opportunities have been created
(ii) Draw a labelled sketch map to show the location of this place
(iii) Explain why the new job opportunities were created in this place (you may annotate your map to show this)

The location of an economic activity (June 2004) (i) Name a primary or secondary or tertiary economic activity you have studied.
(ii) Name the place where this economic activity can be found
(iii) Draw a labelled map to show the location of the economic activity
(iv) Explain how this economic activity affects different groups of people and the environment in the area around its location
A location where a Multi-national company (MNC) has created employment opportunities (June 2006)
(i) Name a location where a MNC has created employment opportunities
(ii) Describe the direct and indirect employment opportunities that have been created.
(iii) Explain why the MNC located in this place. You may wish to draw a sketch map to help.

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2 Responses to “GCSE Past Exam Papers”


  1. 1 Will June 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks alot, this helped me prepare a night before my exam :)
    Very helpful!

  2. 2 lolli February 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    wow its really helpful!


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