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
During the first year of the course, the following units will be covered:-Physical Geography, hazards and coasts and Human Geography, changing places and globalisation.

There will also be a unit on fieldwork investigations, skills and the NEA.

Year 2
Concentrates on water and carbon cycle and will cover contemporary urban environment.

How is the Course Assessed?

All modules are assessed at the end of Year 13. The two terminal exams are worth 120 marks. The fieldwork investigation, which is completed in Year 13, is worth 60 marks.

How is the Course Examined?

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
Mr M Griffith