Geography A-Level Course


Introduction to Geography


QUALIFICATION: AQA - AS & A-LEVEL IN GEOGRAPHY

There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and its impact on people, geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Geographers are also highly employable.

Whatever your passion, be it a fascination with landscapes or concerns about the inequalities of the world, geography is full of topics that will provide you with knowledge and skills that will reward you personally as well as offer great job opportunities. Geography also offers the opportunity to study inside and outside of the classroom whether this be field work on Formby beach or trips to Morocco and Spain.


Teaching & Assessment


Year 12
Paper 1: Questions from the topics water and carbon cycles, hot desert environments, coastal systems and landscapes, hazards or contemporary urban environments.
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
50% of AS
Paper 2:  Questions from the topics global systems and global governance, changing places, geography fieldwork investigation and geographical skills.
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
50% of AS

Year 13
Paper 1: Questions from water and carbon cycles, hot desert environments, coastal systems and landscapes, hazards or ecosystems under stress, cold environments.
Written exam: 2 hour 30 minutes
40% of A-Level
Paper 2: Questions from global systems and global governance, changing places, geography fieldwork investigation and geographical skills.
Written exam: 2 hour 30 minutes
40% of A-Level
Paper 3: Geographical Investigation (3000-4000 words).
20% of A-Level


Vocational Progression


A University degree in a geography or a related subject.
Many good jobs await including: Surveyor; Cartographer;
Environmental Consultancy; Town Planner; Landscape Architect; Planning and Development Surveyor; Nature Conservationist; Tourism Officer and Transport Planner.


Course Structure


Year 12


• Water and Carbon Cycles.
• Hot Desert Environments and their Margins.
• Coastal Systems and Landscapes.
• Global Systems and Global Governance.
• Contemporary Urban Environments.
• Geography Fieldwork.
• Geography Skills.


Year 13


• Water and Carbon Cycles.
• Hot Desert Environments and their Margins.
• Coastal Systems and Landscapes.
• Hazards.
• Ecosystems Under Stress.
• Cold Environments.
• Global Systems and Global Governance.
• Changing Places.
• Contemporary Urban Environments.
• Population and the Environment.
• Resource Security.
• Geography Fieldwork.
• Geography Skills.