Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE Geography. If you have not studied Geography at GCSE then every case will be treated on its merits

The AQA A level Geography specification is ‘issues based’ with many of the topics focused on the news headlines of today. This makes the subject highly relevant, thought provoking and interesting, providing an understanding and appreciation of the complex world in which we live. Geography’s flexibility and adaptability as either a science or an art helps to boost its popularity in the Sixth Form.

Successful A/AS Level candidates will:

  • Have at least a grade G5 in Geography at GCSE level (G6 or highe r is desirable).
  • Be interested in current issues concerning the World and its environment.
  • Be committed and enthusiastic to studying a dynamic subject.
  • Be keen to participate in fieldwork.

What does the course involve?

Geography A Level is assessed through 2 examinations and 1 piece of coursework at the end of year 13:

Unit 1 (40%) - Physical Geography (Water & Carbon Cycles, Coastal Systems & Landscapes, Hazards).

Unit 2 (40%) - Human Geography (Contemporary Urban Environments, Changing Places, Global Systems & Global Governance).

Unit 3 (20%) - Geography Fieldwork Investigation (one piece of individual coursework based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content, completed in year 13).

“So many of the world’s current issues (at a global scale and locally) boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them.”
(Michael Palin)

What can the course lead to?

As a ‘facilitating’ subject, Geography is an ideal subject for those planning to study at University. Geography graduates have some of the highest rates of graduate employment.

The subject equips you with a wide variety of transferable skills and a global perspective on social, economic and environmental concerns. Geographers go on to pursue careers in urban regeneration, energy supply, retail management, teaching, journalism, law, resource management, busine ss management and many more.