Exam Board AQA

Why Should I Study This Course?

The world we live in is changing rapidly. Geography allows you to see how and why it is changing. Our overall goal is to give students a better understanding of and a lasting interest in, the world around us. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team working, problem solving and environmental awareness.

Geography is a diverse and engaging subject that covers issues relevant to our world today. A range of technologies is used for areas such as fieldwork which can be undertaken on any area of the specification content.

The specification embraces contemporary Geography whilst retaining key elements of traditional Geography. The subject content follows an ‘issues and impacts’ approach throughout. It has a developmental structure which helps to facilitate progression through the course and beyond to link with the demands of higher level study

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

Yes, if you are interested in current affairs and geographical events this is definitely the course for you! The course develops a sense of place and belonging and allows you to develop your analytical and questioning skills. Students will need to be able to learn and retain substantial amounts of detail and recall it accurately in exams. Geographers can go on to study a range of higher level courses as the Geography A level is regarded as an academically sound subject which prepares you for the rigour of a university degree. Employment can also include:

  • Education
  • Advertising
  • Surveying and architecture
  • Law

Course Breakdown

Year 1
The course is divided equally into 2 units. The first unit concentrates on physical geography. This involves a detailed study of the water cycle, carbon cycles and natural hazards. The second unit on human geography looks at changing places and focuses on the skills needed to be a successful geographer. Most of these skills are linked to the work covered in lessons and 2 fieldwork assignments.

Year 2
This year is equally divided into 3 units focusing on different aspects of physical and human geography. The physical unit concentrates on coastal environments, whilst the human unit will cover globalisation and resource security. In addition, students complete an individual investigation, which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

How is the Course Assessed?

All modules are assessed by written examination in the summer. The units examined in Year 1 are worth 80 marks and the units examined in Year 2 are worth 120 marks. The individual investigation, which is completed during Year 2, is worth 60 marks.

How is the Course Examined?

Year 1
Two written papers each lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes and worth 80 marks

Year 2
Two written papers each lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes and worth 120 marks each (40% of the A Level).

Additionally, students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The investigation will be worth 60 marks (20% of the A Level).

Geography Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Mr P Ash