Geography A Level at Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy
We follow the AQA Specification which has a strong emphasis upon the study of contemporary issues, i.e.
within the last 30 years. In particular, we look at the relationship of human populations to each other over
space and time, and their relationship with their physical environment at a variety of scales from the local to
the global. The Specification also encourages the acquisition of a broad range of skills, many of which will be
useful in later life and a wide range of careers.
Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography (70% of AS, 35% of A Level)
A 2 hour written examination with structured short and extended questions
· Core: Rivers, floods and management
· One option from: Cold environments, Coastal environments, Hot desert environments and their margins
· Core: Population change
· One option from: Food supply issues, Energy issues, Health issues
Unit 2: Geographical Skills (30% of AS, 15% of A Level)
A 1 hour written examination with structured skills and fieldwork questions
Skills include: investigative, cartographic, graphical, ICT and statistical skills.
The geographical skills paper is based on the content of Unit 1 and includes fieldwork.
Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues (30% of A Level)
A 2 hour 30 minutes written examination with structured short and extended questions, plus an essay
Candidates must study three topics: at least one from the physical options and at least one from the human
Optional physical topics:
· Plate tectonics and associated hazards
· Weather and climate and associated hazards
· Ecosystems: change and challenge
Optional Human topics:
· World cities
· Development and globalisation
· Contemporary conflicts and challenges
Geographical Issue Evaluation (20% of A Level)
A 1 hour 30 minutes written examination with structured short and extended questions based on the Advanced
An advance information booklet is pre-released 2 months prior to the exam to facilitate candidates’ research
into an area which extends from the specification content. The examination questions give candidates the
opportunity to use their skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
The minimum requirement for entry to the Sixth form is 5 GCSEs at Grades A* to C including English and Mathematics. In addition a grade B or above is preferred in Geography in the Higher paper
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy directly.