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Geography AQA AS and A Level at Elthorne Park High School

Course description

The course incorporates human, physical and practical skills modules as well as examining a range of contemporary geographical issues including global governance, water and carbon systems, hazards and urban issues. Students also develop their investigative, ICT, graphical, cartographical and statistical skills and will be able to improve their research skills and complete fieldwork activities.

Geography is a well-regarded subject for an extremely wide range of university courses because of the variety of academic skills that students develop and the breadth of world knowledge and understanding they possess.

This is the course for you if you are:

  • Interested in the changing world around you and have a desire to develop your own values towards contemporary issues and challenges affecting the world today
  • A person with an enquiring mind who enjoys a challenge
  • Someone who has enjoyed previous fieldwork opportunities and wants to discover more
  • Someone seeking an opportunity to develop a wide range of transferable skills
  • A student who enjoyed geography at GCSE!

Course content

AS Level:

Physical Geography - Water and Carbon cycles

People and the Environment - Hazards

Human Geography - Global systems and global governance

Geography fieldwork and geographical skills


A Level:

Physical Geography – Coastal systems and Landscapes

Human Geography - Changing Places

                                     - Population and the Environment

Independent investigation based on fieldwork


Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades (including English and Maths) and a minimum of a B grade in the GCSE related to your chosen subjects.


AS Level:

Physical Geography and People and the Environment

  • Multiple choice, short-answer and levels of response
  • 1 1/2 written examination
  • 50% of AS Level

Human Geography and Geography fieldwork

  • Multiple choice, short-answer and levels of response
  • written examination
  • 1 Hour 30 minutes 

A Level:

Physical Geography

  • Multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose
  • Written examination
  • 2 ½ Hour 
  • 40% of A Level

Human Geography

  • Multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose
  • Written exam
  • 1 ½ Hour
  • 40% of A Level

Field Investigation Report

  • 3000 – 4000 word report
  • 20% of A Level

Future opportunities

Geography equips participants for an array of careers, ranging from consultancy and engineering to law, business, finance, marketing and media. Geography graduates are, statistically, the most employable people entering the workplace. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Elthorne Park High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2016

Key information


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    • At EPHS Sixth Form we aim to provide you with a broad and exciting range of opportunities so that you are in the best possible position to go on to further study, work and become an positive member of the community.  As such, we have a variety of activities on offer outside of lessons.


      There is a huge range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Elthorne including sports teams, music groups, language clubs and more! Please see the timetables which will be distributed within the first few weeks for further details. Sixth Form students are also encouraged to set up their own activities or societies and support teachers in running clubs for younger students

      Whole school projects

      These projects are a great way to give back to the school, support younger students and learn skills at the same time. Currently we have a number of projects running including: Senior prefects, Year 7 accelerated reader scheme and academic mentoring

      Community projects

      EPHS has strong links with the community and we encourage students to nurture these by contributing to local projects.

      Enrichment lesson

      You will have one enrichment period every two weeks. In this hour you will be able to choose from a range of activities and courses to learn new skills and develop your knowledge outside of your A-level/BTEC courses. Some students will also be able to lead an activity.