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Geography A Level (AQA) at Allerton Grange School

Course description

This engaging and flexible course gives students the opportunity to:

  • engage with the relationship of human populations to each other over space and time
  • study the relationship between human populations with their physical environment at a variety of scales from the local to the global
  • consider their own role in relation to themes and issues being studied and the roles, values and attitudes of others including decision makers
  • Learn specialised content, including a dedicated fieldwork option

Course content

Component 1: Physical Geography

Students will study water and carbon cycles in Section A. In Secion B students will study either hot desert environments and their margins or coastal systems and landscapes. In Section C students will study either hazards or ecosystems or cold environments.

Component 2: Human Geography

Students investigate global systems and global governance in Section A. In Section B, students will study changing places. In Section C students will study either contemporary urban environments or population and the environment or resource security.

Component 3 Geographical Investigation

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. The investigation should be between 3000 - 4000 words.

Entry requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis but subject areas have their own entry requirements. As a guide you will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum of the following:

Level 3 courses - a good range of GCSEs from grade 4 - 9 including a grade 4 in English and Maths or the equivalent at BTEC level.

Level 2 courses - 2 grade 3s at GCSE


Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:

It is desirable that you have gained at least a grade 4 at GCSE in Geography, English and Mathematics


A Level: 2 exams and a Geographical Investigation

Component 1 (Physical Geography) is a 2 hours and 30 minutes written examination worth 40% of the A level.

Component 2 (Human Geography) is a 2 hours and 30 minutes written examination worth 40% of the A level

Using your Geographical data collection tecniques you will write a Geographical Investigation worth 20% of the A level

Financial information

A level students studying the two year course will be expected to complete four days of field visits. Competing field work is essential to the course and even if you do not attend the school visits you will need to arrange your own study to collect data, which will incur costs.



Future opportunities

A qualification in Geography is an excellent preparation for a range of university courses, from geology and ecology to environmental science and urban planning, as well as many more. Skills learnt during the course and the fact that Geography is a link subject between the arts and sciences means that career opportunities are very wide. Examples include cartography, forecasting, teaching, journalism, town planning, environmental law, data analysts, financial worker, sales manager, computer game designers and many more.


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: 11 October 2017
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