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Geography A Level at The Hayfield School

Course description

Six AQA topics are taught over two years at A Level. It covers both Human and Physical Geography.

It is envisaged that the majority of pupils will complete the A Level course; however, the option to study the course at AS level exists alongside those who are studying the full A Level.

Course content

Physical Geography – Water and carbon stores – The study of water and carbon cycles. The content invites students to contemplate the magnitude and significance of the cycles at a variety of scales.

Coasts – The study of dynamic environments in which landscapes develop by the interaction of winds, waves, currents.

Hazards – Students will study tectonic and atmospheric hazards and look at the risks they cause to human populations.

Human Geography – Global Governance and systems - Focus on globalisation, including the economic, political and social changes.

Contemporary Urban Environments – Focus on urban growth and change. The section examines these processes and challenges and the issues associated with them.

Changing places – will focus on people’s engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them which are of fundamental importance in their lives

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE Geography and English Language.


The Physical Geography is assessed through a two and a half hour exam at the end of year 13; the Human Geography is once again assessed through the same length of exam.

On top of this pupils at AS will take a skills examination, or at A2 complete an independent piece of fieldwork and write this up as a piece of nonexamined assessment.

Future opportunities

Geography is a subject that is very highly rated by universities across the country; it provides you with a clear picture of human interaction between each other and the planet.

The subject allows you to understand the risks we face in the future as well as what could be done to prevent these risks in the future.

Geography opens many doors ranging from work in environmental sciences, to opportunities in human resources and working within business. The subject links to subjects ranging from economics to biology and sociology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hayfield School directly.

Last updated date: 06 June 2016
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