Geography A-Level

The world we live in is changing and Geography puts people in a better position to change their world. Covering a range of contemporary issues relating to society and the environment, the understanding gained through A-Level Geography gives people the ability to take part in some of the most vital conversations of the 21st century.  The study of Geography also enhances communication skills, literacy and numeracy, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team working and problem solving. This combination of knowledge and skills is highly respected by universities and employers.

In this AQA Geography A Level course you will study the interaction between people and the places they inhabit.  As such it is a relevant and flexible subject which integrates well with a variety of other subject areas and can usefully be combined with science, e.g. Maths, Computer Studies, Physics, Chemistry and Biology; or arts, e.g. English, History and Modern Languages.

The Geography A Level course is designed to be taken over 2 years with two examinations taken at the end of the course. Twenty percent of the course is also assessed through a piece of fieldwork-related coursework, which is completed across the two years.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9 (or BTEC equivalents), including at least a grade 4 in English and Maths.

Course Content
  • Physical Geography (40%) - Water & Carbon Cycles, Hazards & Coastal Systems and Landscapes

  • Human Geography (40%) - Global Systems and Governance, Changing Places & Contemporary Urban Environments

Non-examined assessment (coursework) 20%

This is fieldwork-based, on an enquiry question of the students’ choice. The work is independently driven, with teacher support in line with specification guidance. Past students have explored the role of the natural environment in determining Llandudno’s land use and also whether the regeneration of Llandudno has been successful.


A Level Examinations

Paper 1

  • 40% of A-Level

  • Assessing all three physical topics

  • 2 hours 30 minutes, 120 marks

Paper 2

  • 40% of A-Level

  • Assessing all three human topics

  • 2 hours 30 minutes, 120 marks

Geography fieldwork investigation

  • 3,000-4,000 words, 60 marks, 20% of A-Level, marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Future Prospects

Geography links well with other subjects at Level 3 and provides a pathway into a variety of higher education and degree courses. Because geography sits at the interface of the sciences and humanities, the subject can be studied in science or arts/social science faculties – leading to a BA or BSc degree.  “The employment record of geography graduates is impressive, not least because of the emphasis which many departments place on the teaching of specific and transferable skills” (ISCO).  It is these skills that interest a wide variety of employers.  Geography graduates go into a huge variety of jobs, particularly into business fields such as administration and management, law, financial work and sales, marketing and buying.  Information technology and organisational skills acquired on a geography degree course, can be very useful in the Civil Service, local government, town and country planning, commerce and industry.

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