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Geography AS/A Level ( AQA ) at Allerton High School

Course description

Geography is one of the facilitating subjects that is recommended for access to Russell Group universities. The Geography AQA A level course is linear; a separate AS qualification is available. 

This AQA course has been designed to build on the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE. It will appeal to those students who are interested in debates and issues about the world today. Fieldwork and research skills are key features of the course. We believe that out-of-classroom activities add to the enjoyment and relevance of Geography. AS component 2 and A level component 3 are both based on a residential field-trip that takes place in Year 12.

There will be further fieldwork in Year 13 to support the course.

Course content

AS Component 1: Physical geography and people and the environment

You will study:

Coastal systems and landscapes

Hazards

Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minute exam.

50% of AS level

AS Component  2: Human geography and fieldwork investigation

You will study:

Changing Places

You will also carry out a geographical fieldwork investigation and be examined on this.

Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minute exam.

50% of AS level

A Level  Component 1: Physical geography

You will study:

Coastal systems and landscapes

Hazards

Water and carbon cycles

Assessment is by a 2 hour 30 minute exam.

40% of A level

A Level  Component 2: Human geography

You will study:

Contemporary Urban Environments

Global systems and global governance

Changing places

Assessment is by a 2 hour 30 minute exam.

40% of A level

A Level component 3:  Geographical investigation

Students to complete an individual investigation that includes collection of data in the field.

3,000 – 4,000 words

20% of A level

Entry requirements

You should have achieved a minimum of 5 grades at 9-5 at GCSE or equivalent including Geography, English and Maths with Grade 6 in Geography and English.

Assessment

There is no coursework for AS Geography, instead there are two examinations which are taken in the summer term.  The examinations assess your ability to analyse evidence from sources and to use that analysis to support your answers.  Fieldwork knowledge and skills are tested in Component 2.

The Full A Level Course

1: Physical geography - 2.5 hour exam - 96 marks - 40% of A Level

2: Human geography - 2.5 hour exam - 96 marks - 40% of A Level

3: Geographical investigation - 3,000-4,000 words - 35 marks - 20% of A Level

The AS Level course

1: Physical geography and people and the environment - 1.5 hour exam - 80 marks - 50% of AS Level

2: Human geography and fieldwork investigation - 1.5 hour exam - 80 marks - 50% of AS Level

Future opportunities

What can you do with a geography degree?

Many of our students go on to read Geography at university. The degree is very flexible and opens doors to a wide range of jobs: landscape architect, water/land management, tourism, rural planner, environmental consultant, cartographer, recycling manager, weather analyst, teaching, GIS analyst, park ranger, travel agent, soil conservationist, urban/transport planner, retail, IT, data analyst…

Skills learned doing geography are transferrable to many other fields of employment.

Further information

For further information please contact Ms Gibson at Allerton High School on Leeds 2034770.

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: 02 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770

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