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A Level geography offers a selection of new, interesting topics not covered at GCSE level, and allows you to go into greater depth in some key elements previously studied. It covers both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. It will also, importantly, show the applied side of the subject - how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment.

There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research, which will help you become an independent thinker and learner. By the time you get to your exams, you will be able to show your understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate your answers with case studies from local, national and international examples.

You will learn in a wide variety of ways, using maps, GIS skills, data analysis, photos, videos, and podcasts, as well as attending lectures and study days. You will be encouraged to frame your own questions using higher level thinking skills and show your grasp of complex issues through report and essay writing. Fieldwork will be an essential part of your A Level course.

Subject Content

Physical Geography

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Hot desert systems and landscapes
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Glacial systems and landscapes
  • Hazards
  • Ecosystems under stress

Human Geography

  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Contemporary urban environments
  • Population and the environment
  • Resource security

Geography fieldwork investigation

  • Fieldwork requirements
  • Investigation requirements

Geographical skills

  • Geographical skills checklist


Geography, at A Level, builds on the knowledge and geographical skills gained at KS4 as scholars embark upon a journey through the AQA A Level Geography 7037 course.

In A Level Geography, scholars work towards 80% terminal examinations, comprising of two papers and a fieldwork investigation which accounts for 20% of the final mark.

Component 1: Physical Geography (40%)

  • 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

Component 2: Human Geography (40%)

  • 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

Component 3: Geography fieldwork investigation  (20%)

  • Scholars complete and 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.

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AQA A Level Geography