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Geography A Level at Holy Family Catholic School

Course description

There are many good reasons for studying Geography. First and foremost, you will enjoy it, as it allows you to deepen your interest through practical experience, develop a wide range of new transferable skills and keep abreast of changes to our dynamic world through the study of contemporary case studies. It is a rigorous, multi-disciplinary academic subject, valued by universities and employers. You will explore many of the big issues facing our world today, from climate change and hazard management to over-population, sustainable use of resources and global interdependence.

Course content

Component 1: Physical Geography Section A: Water and carbon cycles Section B: either Hot desert environments and their margins or Coastal systems and landscapes Section C: either Hazards or Ecosystems under stress or Cold environments.

Component 2: Human Geography Section A: Global systems and global governance Section B: Changing places Section C: 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 above information may be subject to change, since, at the time of writing, the specification has yet to be accredited by Ofqual.

Entry requirements

GCSE Average: 5.5, Grade C in Maths, Grade C in English, grade C in Geography, if taken.


Component 1: 2 hour, 30 minutes written exam 40% of A Level.

Component 2: 2 hour, 30 minutes written exam 40% of A Level

Component 3: Coursework essay (3000 – 4000 words) 20% of A-level Marked by teachers Moderated by AQA.

Future opportunities

Geography combines scientific, economic and societal knowledge and teaches students to produce an evidenced argument; such students possess many desirable skills for HE courses and employment. Indeed, career destinations after a degree course in geography vary tremendously, ranging from scientific research and teaching to management and other professional jobs in finance, insurance city planning, media and many more. Geography graduates are very sought-after.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Family Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years