At a glance
Awarding Board: AQA
Entry Requirements: Six GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language and Mathematics
Subject Specific: Study of Geography at Key Stage 4 is preferred but not required
Coursework plus two 2 hour 30 minute examinations at the end of Year 13
Paper 1: Physical Geography (40%)
Paper 2: Human Geography (40%)
Why choose A Level Geography?
The study of Geography provides an important link between the natural and social sciences. It allows you to explore different societies and cultures and understand the increasing links throughout the world. Geography allows you to understand and recognise important issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation, spatial epidemiology and inequalities, Geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Geography students are highly employable and collectively receive competitive graduate salaries. Above all, geographers have potential to be well-informed global citizens, using their unique combinations of knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution to contemporary society.
What will you study?
A Level Geography contains these elements:
Water Cycle and Carbon Cycle: This section of our specification focuses on the major stores of water and carbon at or near the Earth’s surface and the dynamic cyclical relationships associated with them.
Tectonic Processes and Hazards: This topic focuses on the lithosphere and atmosphere, which intermittently but regularly present hazards to human populations.
Arid Landscapes: Desertification, the changing extent and distribution of hot deserts, role of climate change, threats to the human population and landscapes
Globalisation: Globalisation and global interdependence. Inequalities caused within and between countries as shifts in patterns of wealth occur.
Changing Places: People’s engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them. Characteristics of place and relationships with other places.
Contemporary Urban Places: Local places vary economically and socially with change driven by local, national and global processes.
Superpowers: the pattern and dominance of superpowers. Superpowers and emerging superpowers have a very significant impact on the global economy and politics.
How will you study?
An A Level Geography class will typically have 10-15 pupils. The structure of lessons will be very similar to GCSE lessons. Lessons will begin with retrieval questions, consolidating key concepts and knowledge required for the lesson. This is then followed by teacher led introduction of new concepts, consolidation activities and reflective independent work.
A significant proportion of the A Level course, 20% of your overall grade, is the non-examination assessment component (coursework), this will give you the opportunity to undertake an an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field.
Where will it take me?
Future careers may include: Cartographer, Commercial/Residential Surveyor, Environmental Consultant, Geographical Information Systems Officer, Planning and Development Surveyor, Teacher, Town Planner, Landscape Architect or Nature Conservation Officer.