Course Description 

The AQA A Level course is taught with one examination sat at the end of the two years. The course has been created to allow for student understanding from both Key Stage Three and Four into the A-Level course. The course studies a wide range of issues and concepts for both human and physical Geography.

Topics studied:

Physical                       40% Human                          40% Coursework                   20%
·         Water and Carbon

·         Coasts

·         Hazards

·         Contemporary Urban Environments

·         Changing Places

·         Global Systems and Global Governance

·         Completed in Year 13

·         Human and physical combined

The coursework:

Coursework is worth 20% of the student’s final grades. Students complete a one week trip where they collect a variety of data and complete an overall study. The coursework should be at least 4,000 words.

The A-level Geography course is engaging and fascinating. Covering a wide variety of topics students learn to develop their inquisitive nature and progress in their ability to make judgements, critique and analyse different concepts and ideas.

The coursework provides students with the opportunity to develop their geographical skills and their communication skills. Students learn about the world we live in and how our environments differ depending not only on our physical landscapes but our economic status in the world.

Geography graduates have some of the highest rates of graduate employment.

Popular careers for people with geography qualifications include: town or transport planning, surveying, conservation, sustainability, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism, and weather forecasting. Many can also work in Law, business and politics. If a student is focused on research and information technology they may also take on careers in Geographic Information Systems, the Police and Research and Development.