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Geography A level at John Henry Newman Catholic College

Course description

Geography is a much loved subject that covers relevant and up to date issues around the world. The AQA course offers a stimulating and varied approach exploring the important ideas and debates in today’s world.

This course is very much about using a variety of resources to identify, describe and explain the often multi-causal nature of geographical phenomena, with AQA providing this information and data in a number of ways.

Students will be challenged to discuss diagrams, graphs, data tables, photographs, ideas, and scenarios in order to establish and tackle a range of issues and topics.

Course content

The AQA specification is highly relevant to the realities and challenges that young adults will face in later life.

Unit 1-  Physical Geography – Exam. 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Section A: Water and carbon cycles
  • Section B: either Hot desert environments and their margins or Coastal
    systems and landscapes
  • Section C: either Hazards or Ecosystems under stressor Cold environments

Unit 2 –  Human Geography – Exam. 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Section A: Global systems and global governance
  • Section B: Changing places
  • Section C: either Contemporary urban environments or Population and
    the environment or Resource security

Unit 3 – Geographical Investigation – Individual Investigation – 3000-4000 word
Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have achieved a Grade B or above in GCSE Geography. The ideal candidate needs to be committed and enthusiastic, preferably with Grade 5 or above in Maths and English. Communication skills and the ability to work with others are essential.


Units 1 & 2 will be assessed by written examinations. Unit 3 will be assessed by teachers and moderated externally

Future opportunities

The course leads on to Higher Education at university in subjects such as:

  • Physical Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology

Geography graduates lend themselves to a wide range of jobs. They may go into geography-related careers such as urban regeneration and conservation, or they may apply their skills to a range of other industries, including;

  • Law
  • Management consultancy
  • Marketing
  • Education

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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