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Geography AQA A Level at Alder Grange Community and Technology School

Course description

A Geography student will learn to explore the relationship between the physicalenvironment (locally and globally) and human interaction. The course is delivered using a range of teaching and learning styles including group work and presentations enabling an independent approach to learning.


Physical geography

1. Water and carbon cycles

2. Hot desert environments and their margins

3. Coastal systems and landscapes

4. Hazards

5. Ecosystems under stress

6. Cold environments


Human geography

7. Global systems and global governance

8. Changing places

9. Contemporary urban environments

10. Population and the environment

11. Resource security


Geography investigation

12. Fieldwork requirements

13. Investigation requirements


Course content

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

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

Geography investigation

  • Fieldwork requirements
  • Investigation requirements

Entry requirements

C or 5 in Geography or Humanities.


Physical geography

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of A-level


Human geography

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of A-level


Geography 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.

  • 3,000–4,000 words
  • 35 marks
  • 20% of A-level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alder Grange Community and Technology School directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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    • Alder Grange Sixth Form (ag6) opened as a new Sixth Form in 2010. Since then we have recruited students from across Rossendale and beyond on to a range of both A Level and BTEC level 3 courses. We have been delighted that our results have improved year on year and that Alder Grangers have successfully moved on from Sixth Form to University or the world of work in areas ranging from Music Production and Zoology to Teaching and Engineering. We have developed a strong sense of community and a warm, caring and supportive ethos.