The insight Geography provides into the understanding of the world around us and the sheer contemporary nature of the issues discussed, makes it an ideal subject to study at A Level. You will study Physical and Human Geography. In each area of study you will consider your own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and will develop a range of geographical skills. You will be expected to attend a 4 day field trip as a mandatory part of the A level to use for the coursework component of the course. You will be assessed at the end of Year 12 to gain entry into Year 13. In Year 13 you will take 2 external exams (80%) and complete 1 coursework component (20%) to acquire your overall A Level grade.
Geography is a highly successful and enjoyable subject at the academy. Geography is highly regarded by universities and employers in providing students with a rounded approach to academic study and gives them the skills needed for university or work. Future career paths are very broad including commerce, law, marketing and management to research, teaching and planning.
Course entry requirements: a B grade in Geography at GCSE is required to follow this course at A Level. However, we will accept other students who are new to Geography, dependent on their other subject grades by special consideration by the Head of Department.
What is assessed
Component 1: Physical geography – Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes • 96 marks • 40% of A-level Questions • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose
Section A: Water and carbon cycles (27 marks)
Section B: Coastal systems and landscapes (27 marks)
Section C: Cold environments (42 marks)
Component 2: Human geography • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes • 96 marks • 40% of A-level Questions – Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose
Section A: Global systems and global governance (27 marks)
Section B: Changing places (27 marks)
Section C: Contemporary urban environments (42 marks)
Component 3: Geographical investigation – Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field collected on your residential field trip which is estimated to cost around £260. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content. How it’s assessed • 3,000–4,000 words • 35 marks • 20% of A-level • marked by teachers • moderated by AQA