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GEOGRAPHY AS/A2 (AQA) at Royds School

Course description

Geography is a study of the world around you and how we, as humans, interact with it.  Many of the most important questions that shape our future will be answered by Geography.  It is a subject which spans the boundary between science and arts, as shown by being one of the only subjects to be offered as both a BSc and a BA at university.  The new AQA A-level Geography brings together physical and human geography with a focus on key transferable skills that employers and Universities both value highly.  It comprises 2 examinations, one in each geographical discipline plus a geographical investigation based upon fieldwork undertaken.

Course content

The course is split up into physical and human geography.

Physical Geography: Youi will study water and carbon cycles, coastal systems and landscapes plus ecosystems.  You will investigate questions such as 'how do  humans affect the carbon cycle?' and 'why are ecosystems under increasing stress?'.  This will be assessed in a 2.5 hour exam worth 40% of your A Level.

Human Geography: You will study global systems and governance, changing places plus contemporary urban environments.  You will investigate questions such as 'how countries and regions interact?' and 'why are places changing?'.  This will be assessed in a 2.5 hour exam worth 40% of your A Level.

Both exams have a variety of question types from shorter and mutiple choice questions to longer essay style questions.





Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above.  (At least a 5 at GCSE Geography and 5 in English and Maths).


Physical Geography will be assessed in a 2.5 hour exam worth 40% of your A Level.

Human Geography will be assessed in a 2.5 hour exam worth 40% of your A Level.

You will also get a chance to go on a 4 day UK residential field course, where you will be able to decide on a topic, a hypothesis and the data to collect, which will culminate in a 3000 word report on your study.  This work will be marked by your teacher and is worth 20% of your final A-Level grade.


Future opportunities

Geography graduates are some of the most employable and studies show that 96.6% are in work or further education by the end of the first year after graduation.  Geography gives students a wide-range of transferable skills that are highly valued by both employers and further education providers.  Geography is a facilitating subject, which means that it is highly valued by Universities across the UK even if you choose not to take the subject itself at degree level.

Further information

Contact: Ms Emsley

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: 29 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year course