A Level Geography

Please note: students in Year 12 (September 2016) will be following the new specification as outlined below and Year 13 (September 2016) will be following the legacy course outlined underneath

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 eight facilitating subjects most commonly required or preferred by universities due to its combination of science, humanities and mathematics.

The Course

AS Geography

AS level Geography is divided into 2 units.

Component 1: Physical Geography and people and the envrionment

  • 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)

Component 2: Human Geography and Georgraphy field work investigation

  • Global systems and governance (how countries develop, and how we are operating increasingly at the global scale, including TNCs)
  • Fieldwork investigation and skills (this is based on a week-long fieldtrip which has previously been completed in Snowdonia, Wales)

A Level Geography

A2 Level Geography is divided into 3 units.

Component 1: Physical Geography

  • Water and carbon cycles (the key cycles which help to run the planet)
  • Coastal systems (as above)
  • Hazards (as above)

Component 2: Human Geography

  • Changing places (an opportunity to examine environmental and social challenges associated with urban growth and changing society)
  • Global systems and governance (as above)

Component 3: Geographical Investigation

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 trip to Bay of Naples, Italy, 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.

Assessment

AS Level

Component 1

This is assessed by a 1.5 hour exam that accounts for 50% of the AS Level. It involves a mixture of short and extended questions.

Component 2

This is assessed by a 1.5 hour exam that accounts for 50% of the AS Level. It assess both content and the fieldwork completed by students on a residential course.

A Level

Component 1

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

Component 2

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

Component 3

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

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
  • Finance
  • Surveyor
  • Tourism Officer
  • United Nations Ambassador
  • Government Administrator
  • Cartographer
  • Doctor
  • Accountant
  • Chemist
  • Engineering
  • Lawyer
  • Charity work

Please note: The following course is for current (September 2015) Year 12 and Year 13 students only  

AQA (AS:1030,  A2:2030)

Who should study Geography?

Geography is for those interested in the world around them, and how people and the environment interact. 

The Course

AS Geography

AS level Geography is divided into 2 units.

Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography

This is assessed by a 2 our exam. It involves a mixture of short and extended questions. The topics include:

  • Rivers, Floods and management
  • Hot Desert Environments and their Margins
  • Global Population Change

Unit 2: Applied Geography

This is assessed bay 2 hour exam. It is based on a piece of fieldwork and different geographical skills.

A2 Geography

A2 Level Geography is also divided into 2 units.

Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues

This is assessed by 2 hour exam. There is a choice of 2 sets of short questions and 1 essay. Topics include:

  • Plate Tectonics
  • Weather and Climate
  • Development and Globalisation
  • Contemporary Conflicts and Challenges

Unit 4: Geography Fieldwork Investigation

This is assessed by 1 hour 30 minutes written exam. It assesses the students own fieldwork experience and a wide range of geographical skills and issues.

Where it leads 

Geography leads to a wide range of careers including town planners, estate agents, logistics, management consultants, environmental analysts and careers in the civil service.