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Geography at Tring School

Course description

Awarding Body: AQA

Geography is a contemporary subject which explicitly engages with the relationship of the human populations to each other over space and time and their relationship with their physical environment at a variety of scales from the local to the global.

The course content is contemporary and offers students the chance to engage with many of the geographical issues that are facing the world today.


Course content

The new specification has 3 components -

Component 1: Physical geography, studying the core 'Water & carbon cycles' as well as optional units of 'Coastal systems and landscapes' and 'Hazards'. This is assessed in a written exam in 2 hours & 30 minutes, worth 120 marks & 40% of the A-level.

Component 2: Human geography, studying 'Global systems & global governance', 'Changing places' and 'Population and the environment'. Assessed the same as component 1.

Component 3 is the Geographical fieldwork investigation and is an individual piece of work between 3,000-4,000 words, worth 60 marks and 20% of the A level.

Fieldwork is another essential part of the new A level and there will be at least 4 days covering the human & physical elements.

There is also the option of an overseas residential trip during the course which has in the past included China and Iceland, and Sri Lanka. 

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE Geography and Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or Literature and Maths


Written exams at the end of Y13 and a personal Geographical Investigation. 



Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course means that students are both literate and numerate, with the ability to synthesise information and write both logically and coherently as well as analyse statistical, geographical and cartographic information and data. All of which is highly valued by employers and universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years