The AQA specification offers a varied course encompassing a wide range of geographical themes. Following from AQA GCSE Geography, geographers with interests in distinct physical, human and environmental approaches will find plenty to keep them engaged. Fieldwork and research skills are also key features of the A Level.
Students will have two teachers for A Level geography, with one focusing on physical geography and one on human – although there are several crossover topics as well.
Over the two years the students will study a combination of physical and human geography:
• Water and Carbon Cycles
• Coastal Geography
• Natural Hazards
• Global Systems and Global Governance
• Changing places
• Urban Environments
Students will also complete a geographical investigation which is linked to the specification content but based on a question defined individually by students. As part of the investigation students must undertake independent fieldwork.
Grade 5 in Geography plus 5 in English Language or Literature
Both the physical and human geography units will be assessed at the end of Year 13. Students will sit a 2 hour 30 minute exam for each unit worth 40% of their final grade. Additionally they will complete their 3000-4000 word geographical investigation which will form 20% of their final grade.
Students studying Maths, English, History, Biology and Economics will find many links to those subjects in this Geography specification. As an academic A Level, there are many paths to follow from here. Typical careers include law, accountancy, education, as well as many pathways in the environmental field. The broad nature of a Geography A Level means that students will develop and be assessed on a wide range of skills which are valued by both employers and higher education providers.
Geography Subject Leader: Mr A Wright
Course Specification: 7037
Qualification: A Level