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Geography A Level at Stratton Upper School

Course description


  • Geography is one of the few subjects that lets you develop the skills that are vital for a successful career in the modern world.
  • Geography helps you to be more aware of the everyday life and problems of the people who live around you, in other parts of Britain and across the world.
  • Statistics show that compared to other subjects Geography graduates are among the most employable. This is because they possess the skills that employers look for. In part, this is because the subject is a combination of the facts of science and the understanding of the arts.

Course content


  • Geography helps you to develop a wide range of skills. Many of these will help your studies in other subjects.
  • Geographers can……. Make a concise report; Handle data; Ask questions and find the answers; Make decisions about an issue; Analyse material; Manage themselves; Solve problems; Think independently.
  • Geographers are ……. Good communicators; Spatially aware; Socially and environmentally aware; Problem solvers; Good team players; Well rounded, flexible thinkers.


You will study the AQA Geography full course which consists of four exams (two in Year 12 and two in Year 13). The course following four units of work which will be assessed throughout Year 12 and 13. As part of the A Level course, you will attend a residential field trip to collect data for your skills based exam at the end of Year 12- where a great time is had by all!!!

You can expect a variety of lessons with a range of activities including group work, presentations as well as more formal taught lessons using a wide range of resources and not just textbooks. There is a larger emphasis based on research based tasks and independent work. You will also be expected to read journals and articles in your own time to support your learning. Lessons are personalised for all students with lots of exam practice and AFL tasks.


Year 12

Component 1- Physical geography and people and the environment – 1 hr 30 minutes, 80 marks- exam- 50% of grade (Summer Year 12)

Component 2- Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation– 1 hr 30 minutes, 80 marks- exam- 50% of grade (Summer Year 12)

Year 13

Component 1- Physical geography – 2 hr 30 min exam, 96 marks – 40% of final A Level grade (June Year 13)

Component 2- Human geography – 2 hr 30 min exam, 96 marks – 40% of final A Level grade (June Year 13)

Component 3- Geographical Investigation– 3000-4000 word individual investigation based on fieldwork, 35 marks- 20% of final A level, marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Future opportunities

Michael Palin stated that ‘many employers prize the knowledge and skills that studying geography can provide and geography in higher education is thriving. Geography students are among those gaining greatest satisfaction from their studies. It’s no wonder there is a growing demand to study the subject at university.’

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stratton Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2017
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