A-Level Geography


Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future

-Michael Palin

There has never been a better or more important time to study A level Geography. Dealing with vital issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation, social issues and natural hazards, A level Geography is one of the most relevant subjects you could choose to study. Students enjoy the scope of the material they cover in geography, the insights it can provide into the world around us and the highly contemporary nature of the issues it tackles. The A level Geography course is often split into human and physical geography even though geography is a very fluid subject with some of the issues overlapping. (cife.org.uk)

This qualification is linear which means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessments at the end of the course.

Key Information

  • Qualification: A-Level

  • Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements

  • English 5+

  • Maths 4+

  • Geography 5+

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Paper 1: Physical Geography

  • Section A: Water and carbon cycles

  • Section B: either Hot desert systems and landscapes or Coastal systems and landscapes or Glacial systems and landscapes

  • Section C: either Hazards or Ecosystems under stress

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • 120 marks

  • 40% of A-level

Paper 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

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • 120 marks

  • 40% of A-level

Paper 3: Geography fieldwork 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

  • 60 marks

  • 20% of A-level

  • Marked by teachers

  • Moderated by AQA


Students studying Geography most commonly progress onto a university course or an apprenticeship. Many Geography students go on to study law and/or international politics. Jobs directly related to geography include;

  • Cartographer

  • Commercial/residential surveyor

  • Planning and development surveyor

  • Environmental consultant

  • Town Planner

  • Secondary school teacher

  • Tourism

What goes well with Geography?

  • Psychology

  • English

  • Sociology

  • History