A Level Geography Course Guide 

Faculty: Humanities 

Subject: A Level Geography 

Subject Leader: Mr C Monk

Staff and Responsibility: Mr C Monk (Head of Faculty/Teacher of Geography) 

Exam Board: AQA 

Assessment Format- 

Component 1: Physical geography (40%, 120 marks) 2hr 30 min exam 

What’s assessed:  

Water and carbon cycles (36 marks) 

Coastal systems and landscapes (36 marks) 

Hazards (48 marks) 

  • Question types: short answer, levels of response and extended prose 

Component 2: Human geography (40%, 120 marks) 2hr 30 min exam 

What’s assessed: 

Global systems and global governance (36 marks) 

Changing places (36 marks) 

Population and the environment 48 marks) 

  • Question types: short answer, levels of response, extended prose 

Component 3: Geography fieldwork investigation (20%, 60 marks) 

What’s assessed: 

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 it’s assessed:  

  • 3,000–4,000 words 
  • marked by teachers 
  • moderated by AQA

Subject Overview: 

Geography is one of the most dynamic subjects you can study. It is a subject that investigates the relationship that people have with the physical environment over time and space and at a variety of scales from local to global. Students will learn about the formation of different physical landforms, as well as how these areas influence the way in which we live today and in the future. Students will also consider the impact that humans have in shaping and changing areas in which they live and work, and the response of humans to the challenges posed by a changing planet. 

Entry Requirements: 

In order to study A level Geography, we require a minimum of a grade 5 in the subject at GCSE 

Why study Geography? 

Geography at post 16 is a popular choice as it mixes well with both arts and science-based courses. It is also a subject which is liked by institutions of further education and employers as it covers the skills they require. It is often regarded as one of the most employable degrees! 

Geography is such a varied, well respected and interesting subject that a wide range of employment opportunities and degree courses are open to students on completion of the course. Popular choices of employment for geographers include marketing and buying, administration, ICT, development work overseas, finance, mineral exploration, conservation work, planning and advertising, teaching and local government.  

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