A-Level Geography

Exam Board: AQA

The physical side of the course focuses on the major stores of water and carbon at or near the Earth’s surface and the dynamic cyclical relationships associated with them.

In the Glaciated Landscapes module you will explore these are dynamic environments in which landscapes continue to develop through contemporary processes but which mainly reflect former climatic conditions associated with the Pleistocene era. 

For the hazards module you will focus on the lithosphere and the atmosphere, which intermittently but regularly present natural hazards to human populations, often in dramatic and sometimes catastrophic fashion.

For the human side of the course you will study globalisation—the economic, political and social changes associated with technological and other driving forces which have been a key feature of global economy and society in recent decades.
The Changing Places module focuses on people’s engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them, all of which are of fundamental importance in their lives.

In the Contemporary Urban Environment module you will focus on urban growth and change which are seemingly ubiquitous processes and present significant environmental and social challenges for human populations. 

Assessment

80% examination / 20% coursework

Requirements

General college entry requirements plus a grade 5 or above in GCSE Geography.

Where can it lead?

Geography students can go forward into a wide range of different employment opportunities, examples include a cartographer, a surveyor, an environmental consultant, a secondary school teacher, an international aid/development worker, a landscape architect, a market researcher, a tourism officer and many more.