A-Level Geography

What will I be learning? 

You will study 6 taught units within the course split evenly between human and physical geography. These will be as follows:  

Physical Geography Human Geography
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards
  • Water and Carbon Cycles
  • Contemporary urban environments
  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places

There is also an independent investigation that you will undertake. The NEA (Non Exam Assessment) which is an independent investigation worth 20% of your final grade into a geographical area of you choosing that links to the specification.

How will I be assessed?

There are 2 exams at the end of Year 13. Question types vary between skills, short answer and extended levels of response.  The final 20% of your grade is assessed through NEA – Non Exam Assessment.

Component 1: Physical Geography - 2h 30 exam - 40% (120 marks)
Component 2: Human Geography - 2h 30 exam - 40% (120 marks)
Component 3: Geographical Fieldwork Investigation - 20%

Independent study opportunities 

For every taught hour students are encouraged to complete 1 hour of independent study. You will be provided with tasks to complete within this hour.

What resources do I need? 

Students will need at least two folders for notes, pens, pencils, highlighters and a calculator. 

Will I go on any trips? 

As part of the course students must complete four days of fieldwork. This will be divided between Year 12 and Year 13. 
Trip locations:

  • Brick Lane
  • Letchworth
  • Cranedale

And many more!

What careers could this course lead on to? 

Geography links with most careers including cartographers, town planners, civil service, volcanologist, climatologist, conservationist and ecologist. Work in the energy sector e.g. engineer, geologist. Work in the construction industry e.g. surveying, architecture. Work in the travel and tourism sector e.g. tour guide. Work in the education sector e.g. teacher, Higher education lecturer

What grades do I need for this course?

English and Maths at least grade 4. If you are unsure please talk to your geography teacher or the head of geography as we can consider other students.