Geography A Level

Subject Name: Geography

Level: A Level

Examination Board: AQA


Assessment Overview

80% Examination,

Paper 1: Physical 2 hours 30 minutes

Paper 2: Human 2 hours 30 minutes

20% Non-Examined Assessment


Course Content

A Level

Paper 1:

Section A: Water and carbon cycles

Section B: Coastal systems and landscapes

Section C: Hazards


Paper 2:

Section A: Global systems and global governance

Section B: Changing places

Section C: Contemporary urban environments


Non-Examined Assessment

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

Why Study Geography?

  1. Covers both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world today.
  2. You will learn in a wide variety of skills such as by using maps, GIS skills, data analysis, photos, videos, podcasts, as well as attending lectures and study days.
  3. Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects. It is worth bearing in mind that Geography is a broad based subject that really fits well for your future progression.
  4. Being A Well-Educated Global Citizen- Geography encourages critical thinking, research and independent learning. You will thus have skills that are valued in all careers.

Why choose The Deanery?

Geography students can expect to be in small classes in which pupils receive personal learning journeys that are tailored to ensure that they make the best progress possible. The subject will be taught by Geography specialists who have a proven track record in achieving good examination results. The Geography department at the Deanery has celebrated 100% pass rate for many years. Studying Geography at the Deanery 6th form means that you will benefit from:

  • Well planned and well taught lessons, that are relevant and engaging.
  • Lessons being taught with a variety of teaching methods and activities to suit your learning style.
  • Regular homework assignments and assessments that enable your teachers to track your progress and identify any issues you may have and identify the need for further support.
  • Informative feedback and effective help or advice when you need it.
  • The opportunity to attend University talks provided by the Exam board for examination advice.
  • Opportunity to take part in a once in a lifetime expedition to Iceland/ USA that will also enhance your studies.
  • Approachable teachers who will provide one to one support and guidance if and when needed.
  • Access to revision materials and the lessons that are taught.

Our Students Say

“The teachers are extremely enthusiastic and inclusive of all pupils in the class.” – Elle

“I think geography more than most prepares us for life after school.” – Emily

“I liked that we learn about things that are actually happening around the world like disasters and development of towns and cities.” – Callum

Taken from our July 2023 student voice survey


What could this subject lead to?

The Russell Group of universities has selected Geography as one of their preferred ‘facilitating’ A Level subjects to support an application to ALL of their degree courses;

Geography students report the highest levels of satisfaction with their A Level courses;

An international review ranked Geography in British colleges and universities as ‘first in the world’;

A Level Geographers experience low levels of unemployment compared to other subjects according to Higher Education Careers Service (2019)

Many who study Geography at A-Level, go on to study a Geography degree, which can open many doors to many different employment opportunities, some of the most common being; teaching, weather forecaster, environmental planning, journalism, town and transport planning, tourism, sustainability, engineering, accountancy, and conservation.