Faculty: Humanities & Communication
Subject: A-Level Geography
Subject Leader: Mr Monk, Head of Geography
Staff and Responsibility: Mr Brannan, Teacher of Geography
Exam Board: AQA

Assessment Format

Component 1: Physical Geography (40%)
2hr 30 min exam

  • Water and Carbon Cycles
  • Coastal systems
  • Hazards

Component 2: Human Geography (40%)
2hr 30 min exam

  • Global systems and Global Governance
  • Changing Places
  • Population and the environment

Component 3: Geographical Investigation (20%)
3000 – 4000 words

Students complete an individual investigation which MUST include data collection in the field, usually in the form of a residential field trip for 3 days/2 nights and the trip will have a cost attached.

In teaching Geography students will be expected to debate, discuss, research, explore, investigate and develop ideas and opinions based upon sound knowledge and understanding.  Fieldwork is an essential part of the course, and students will need to complete their own investigation based on a question identified over the course. This is worth 20% of the course.


There are 2 exams at the end of Year 13. Both exams are 2hr 30 mins and focus on the core topics covered in the Physical and Human content. Questions are in the form of multi-choice, short response and extended responses. Both exams contribute a total of 80% of the overall qualification with the final 20% being attributed to the completion of a fieldwork investigation.

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 their physical environment over time and space, and at a variety of scales from local to the global. Students will learn about the formation of different physical landforms, as well as how those 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

To access this course a minimum GCSE level of 5 is required, but preferably A-Level 6

Potential Career Options

See attached sheet Geography at Post 16 is a popular choice as it mixes so well with both Arts and Science based courses.  It is also a subject that 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 completing the course. Popular choices of employment for Geographers include marketing and buying, administration, ICT, development work overseas, finance, exploration, conservation work, planning and advertising, teaching, and local government.

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  • EQualities
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  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
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