A-LEVEL Geography


Geography is the study of the world around us and the human impact upon it. It considers the physical and human influences that shape and style our world. The course offers the opportunity to exercise and develop geographical skills, including observation, measurement, and geospatial mapping skills, through a range of case studies and fieldwork.

Subject requirements:

Minimum of GCSE 5 in Geography (or another Humanities subject, if Geography not studied at GCSE), and 5 in English and Science.

Teacher to contact/Head of Geography -Miss S Makepeace 
Humanities Area Coordinator - Dr R Mills
Humanities Curriculum Assistant

Course Content

Year 12

  • Water and Carbon Cycles
  • Coastal Landscapes
  • Population and the Environment
  • Changing Places
  • Geographical Skills

Year 13

  • Natural Hazards
  • Global Systems and Global Governance
  • Geographical Fieldwork Investigation (NEA)

To meet the demands of the specification and support the NEA, four days of fieldwork will be undertaken during Year 12. This will involve a day at the River Rib to carry out river studies, and two days in Saffron Walden/Cambridge to investigate changing places. Towards the end of Year 12, students will visit Epping Forest to study water and carbon cycles and to undertake essential skills in data collection for their NEA.

Assessment Criteria

Year 12: An internal examination will take place to assess knowledge and understanding.

A-Level: 80% examination with two 90-minute exams, one on physical and one on human geography, each worth 40% of the full A-Level.

There will then be a 4,000-word geographical fieldwork investigation, contributing to 20% of the full A-Level.

Exam Board: AQA
A-Level: 7037

Are you interested in:

  • The challenges facing the environment?
  • Understanding the concept of place?
  • The pressures and opportunities of populations?
  • The impact of natural hazards on society?
  • Fieldwork and research?

Leading to a career in:

  • Conservation
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Meteorology and Climatology
  •  Geomorphology
  • Hazard Management

This subject goes well with:

  • Earth Science (Geology)
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science

Click below to learn about the course from Geography student, Rachel.


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