A very relevant subject that can be combined with a wide range of disciplines. It is a natural link between the arts and sciences. It examines physical and human landscapes and the interaction between them. It combines a wide range of skills – fieldwork skills, use of statistics, graphs, diagrams, map reading, literacy/numeracy and communication skills. As the world changes rapidly good geographers are needed more than ever.


Usually students will have gained a minimum Grade 5 in Geography at GCSE. However, it is possible to take the subject at AS Level without studying it at GCSE but students must discuss this with the Head of Geography.


Exam board: AQA

Year 12 content:

Coastal systems and landscapes, Hazards and Changing places.

Year 13 content:

Water and carbon cycles, Global systems and global governance and Resource security.

An individual fieldwork investigation of 3,000-4,000 words is completed at the end of Year 12/beginning of Year 13 for those continuing to study the full A Level.

Fieldwork: Students must undertake four days of fieldwork across the two-year course. There is an overnight residential to Dorset in Year 12 plus two individual days in the local area during the course.


AS Level – 2 written examinations.

Paper 1: Physical geography and people and the environment – 1 hour 30 minutes - 50% of AS mark.

Paper 2: Human geography and geographical fieldwork investigation - 1 hour 30 minutes - 50% of AS mark.

A Level – 2 written examinations.

Paper 1: Physical geography - 2 hours 30 minutes - 40% of A Level.

Paper 2: Human geography - 2 hours 30 minutes - 40% of A Level.

Individual investigation: 3,000-4,000 words – 20% of A Level.


Fact: Geographers are very employable people! They are much sought after by various employers. Many go on to study geography at a higher level increasingly specialising in areas such as hydrology (rivers), urban planning, hazard management and oceanography. There are numerous related disciplines which encompass ‘environmental’ subjects. The subject is a good preparation for the world of work and it offers careers in tourism, conservation, meteorology, environmental issues, local government and many more.


Summer 2017 A2 results – students achieved 100% A*-D with 50% achieving A*-B (1 A*). At AS 100% A*-E with 62.5% achieving A*-B. This was an ALPS 2 putting us in the top 20% of the country.


Mrs Baker, Head of Geography and Mr Smith.


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