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Geography - A Level AQA


Geography aims to provide a broad ranging perspective on humans as inhabitants and transformers of the face of the earth. The search for this understanding involves thorough study of the physical earth, its habitation by humans, and the resulting diversity of regions and places.

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

Physical geography

1. Water and carbon cycles
2. Hot desert systems and landscapes
3. Coastal systems and landscapes
4. Glacial systems and landscapes
5. Hazards
6. Ecosystems under stress

Human geography

7. Global systems and global governance
8. Changing places
9. Contemporary urban environments
10. Population and the environment
11. Resource security

Geography fieldwork investigation

12. Fieldwork requirements
13. Investigation requirements

Geographical skills

14. Geographical skills checklist

Taught Through:
Fieldwork; teacher and student led presentations; class discussions and debate; games and simulations; case studies; independent research; peer/self assessment.

What could you be?
Cultural Geographer; GIS Analyst/Programmer; Geoscientist; Teacher.
Where could you go?
Geography can be studied as either a science or humanity. Related degrees include Environmental Science; Urban Planning; Resource Management.
Recent student destinations:
Southampton - Geophysical Sciences; Staffordshire - Environmental Sustainability.

Entry Recommendations:
Grade 6 or above in GCSE Geography or Science.
Grade 5 in English Language.
Assessment:
Component 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

How it's assessed:
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
120 marks
40% of A-level

Questions
Section A: answer all questions (36 marks)
Section B: answer either question 2 or question 3 or question 4 (36 marks)
Section C: answer either question 5 or question 6 (48 marks)
Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose

Component 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

How it's assessed
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
120 marks
40% of A-level

Questions
Section A: answer all questions (36 marks)
Section B: answer all questions (36 marks)
Section C: answer either question 3 or question 4 or question 5 (48 marks)
Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Component 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.

How it's assessed
3,000–4,000 words
60 marks
20% of A-level marked by teachers
moderated by AQA

Martin Pick
pickm@budmouth.dorset.sch.uk

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