A Level Geography

AQA (AS Draft 7036 A Draft 7037)

Who should study Geography?

Geography is for those interested in the world around them, and how people and the environment interact. Geography is one of the 8 facilitating subjects most commonly required or preferred by universities due to its combination of science, humanities and mathematics.

The Course

A2 Level Geography is divided into 3 units.

Unit 3: Physical Geography

This is assessed by a 2.5 hour exam worth 40% of the overall A’ Level.

  • Water and carbon cycles (the key cycles which help to run the planet)
  • Coastal systems (what landforms and processes are found at the coast and how is it being managed)
  • Hazards (hazards in the lithosphere; volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and in the atmosphere including hurricanes and flooding)

Unit 4: Human Geography

This is assessed by a 2.5 hour exam worth 40% of the overall A’ Level.

  • Changing places (an opportunity to examine environmental and social challenges associated with urban growth and changing society)
  • Global systems and governance (how countries develop, and how we are operating increasingly at the global scale, including TNCs)

Unit 5: Geographical Investigation

This is assessed in a 3000-4000 word investigation worth 20% of the A’ Level

  • Fieldwork investigation and skills (this is based on a week-long fieldtrip which has previously been completed in Snowdonia, Wales)
  • Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field and is written up as a piece of controlled assessment.

Current field trips and enrichment:

  • AS- Compulsory 4 day field trip- currently to Snowdonia in Wales (trip subject to change)
  • A2- Optional 4 day international trip. Previously this has been to the Bay of Naples, Italy,  and Iceland to study the tectonically active landscapes including Mount Vesuvius (trip subject to change)
  • Model United Nations- the school hosts and attends various MUN conferences throughout the year.
  • Missing Maps- school partnership with Medecins Sans Frontieres offering exciting opportunities to Geography students to volunteer with mapping and use of GIS in the developing world.
  • Evening lectures at Kings College London and UCL.

Where it leads 

Apart from the obvious Geography degree, it supports a wide range of other subjects including geology, medicine, sociology, politics and economics. A good Geography degree provides you with the skills to start a wide variety of jobs: from traditional geography based jobs like town planning to working in law, city, consultancy, charities, politics and more creative jobs such as marketing and PR.

Geographers are employed in a wide range of sectors, including the public sector, education, commerce, industry, transport and tourism. Geography provides excellent transferable skills, which also attract employers from the business, law and finance sectors.

Employers include:

  • Local government
  • Town planning
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Environmental protection agencies
  • Banking.
  • Meteorologist
  • Environmental Education Officer
  • Finance33.
  • Surveyor
  • Tourism Officer
  • United Nations Ambassador
  • Government Administrator
  • Cartographer
  • Doctor
  • Accountant
  • Chemist
  • Engineering
  • Lawyer
  • Charity work