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Geography A Level (AQA) at Crawshaw Academy

Course description

Students will gain a deeper understanding of how the world works and how the people in it interact. Geography is a great choice of subject at a time of growing concern about climate change, shrinking resources and global poverty. It is one of the most relevant courses that students could choose to study.

Course content

Year 12 - Water and Carbon Cycles (paper 1), Hazards (paper 1), Changing Places (paper 2), Geographical Fieldwork and skills.

Year 13 - Hot Desert Syatems and Landscapes (paper 1), Global Systems and Global Governance (paper 2), Contemporary Urban Environments (paper 2), Independent Investigation.

Entry requirements

5 x 9-4 grades at GCSE, grade 6 preferred in GCSE English Language.  It is not essential to have studied Geography at GCSE.


Assessment is exam based at the end of year 13.

Paper 1: Students will sit a written exam of 2 hours and 30 minutes (40% of the A Level).

Paper 2: Students will sit a written exam of 2 hours and 30 minutes (40% of the A Level)

Geography Fieldwork Investigation: This is a 3000-4000 word indivudual investigation which includes data collected in the field. It must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student (20% of the A Level).


Financial information

During year 12 there is a compulsory residential field trip to the Cranedal Centre North Yorkshire. Students are away for two nights and it approximately costs £130 each. (Financial assistance may be provided through the Post 16 Bursary if financial criteria is met).

In year 13, students will also complete two additional days of fieldwork at a yet unconfirmed location.

There is also a potential 4 night trip to Italy planned in October 2017 as an option.

Future opportunities

Geography graduates have some of the highest rates of graduate employment. Employers like Gepgraphers because of their broad and transferable skill sets, environmental and social awareness and their understanding of the world we live in.

Geography is both a science and a humanities subject. This means that Geography is great for almost any career. Popular careers include: conservation, government offices, law, business, teaching, tourism, environmental management, town/transport planning and surveying.

Further information

If you think you may be interested in studying Geography at A level and want to find out more,  Mr Ghosal will be more than happy to answer any questions.

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: 06 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years