A Level - Years 1 and 2: A Level Geography content is divided into three components:
Component One focuses on physical geography, people and the environment. Within this you will look at water and carbon cycles and how this impacts humans and their daily lives. Next you will consider coastal systems and how they are managed for human purposes. You will then go on to look at natural hazards and how they can pose problems to human populations.
Component Two considers human geography. You will focus on global systems and global governance, then changing places within which you will make comparisons between built environments and natural landscapes. Lastly you will investigate contemporary urban environments in both HIC’s and LIC’s.
Component Three is the geographical investigation which allows students to complete an individual investigation worth 20%. You will then complete a four day fieldwork trip to collect human and physical data sets investigating a question or issue defined and developed by any part of the specification content of your choice. This is then summarised in the form of a written fieldwork report or NEA.
The A Level is assessed across two years, with exams being taken at the end of the course.
Both Components one & two are written exams (2 hours 30 minutes) and each is out of 96 marks, each form 40% of the A-level.
Component three is a written report of 3,000-4,000 words and is worth 35 marks, 20% of the A Level. This report is marked by teachers and is moderated by the board examiners.
You must achieve a Level 6 or above in Geography at GCSE to be accepted on the A-Level course. It is also strongly recommended that students achieve a Level 5+ in GCSE Maths and English Language because of the strong statistical element to the geography fieldwork investigation and extended writing in the examination questions themselves.
Being an Art and a Science, Geography graduates have a varied field to go into. Many choose to go on to careers in business, conservation, the environmental sector, accounting, teaching, journalism, politics, retail and so on.