Geography (A Level)

GCE A LEVEL

Introduction to course

Your GCE Geography course gives you a strong foundation for understanding the two main themes of the subject: Human Geography and Physical Geography. Between them, they are what make our planet work.

Human Geography deals with how people and the environment interact and the way we both exist. It also looks at how people and groups move and live in the world around us. For example, you will learn about what you see in the papers and on the news every day, including issues of sustainability. Physical Geography on the other hand, is all about the scientific aspects of our world, with an emphasis on how we can manage them.

Exam board/specification

AQA A-level Geography 7073

Entry Requirements

  • Grade 5 in GCSE Geography
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English and Maths

Modules/units

Year 1

  • Physical geography
    • Term 1: Coastal Systems and Landscapes / NEA
    • Term 2: Coastal Systems and Landscapes / NEA
    • Term 3: Water and carbon
  • Human geography
    • Term 1: Global Systems and Governance /NEA
    • Term 2: Global Systems and Governance /NEA
    • Term 3: Changing Places

Year 2

  • Physical geography
    • Term 1: Hazards
    • Term 2: Hazards & Revision
    • Term 3: Revision
  • Human geography
    • Term 1: Contemporary Urban Environments
    • Term 2: Contemporary Urban Environments & Revision
    • Term 3: Revision Human geography

Assessment structure

  • Component 1: Physical Geography: Written paper; 2 hours 30 minutes (Weighting: 40% of A Level Award)
  • Component 2: Human Geography: Written Paper; 2 hours 30 minutes (Weighting: 40% of A Level Award)
  • Component 3: Geographical Investigation: Independent investigation based on fieldwork (Weighting: 20% of A Level Award)

Progression Routes

Geography graduates have some of the highest rates of graduate employment. It is great for any kind of career that involves the environment, planning, or collecting and interpreting data. 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.

Geography A Level is also considered by Russell Group universities to be a "facilitating" subject, which means that it can be useful for a whole range of Higher Education courses and will help you keep your options flexible.