A-level Board/code

AQA A-Level 2030

(AS 1031; A2 2031)

What do we cover in the course?

Key syllabus elements 

AS covers human (population change; energy issues) and physical (rivers, floods and management; coastal environments) geography examined in a written paper (GEOG1).  There is also a skills assessment (worth 30%) covering fieldwork, cartographic, statistical and graphical skills.

A2 covers human and physical geography in more depth covering plate tectonic processes and hazards; weather and climate processes and hazards; development and globalisation and contemporary conflicts and challenges examined in GEOG3.  GEOG4 is a pre-release paper called Issue Evaluation where students look at a geographical issue (chosen by the exam board) in depth.

How is it assessed?

Key assessment elements

Both AS and A2 are 100% examination assessed.

AS: GEOG1 Physical and Human Geography is a 2 hour exam worth 70%; GEOG2 Geographical Skills is a one hour exam worth 30%.

A2: GEOG3 Contemporary Geographical Issues is a 2.5 hour exam worth 60%; GEOG4 Issue Evaluation is a 1.5 hour exam worth 40% of the qualification

Key skills required

Knowledge; understanding and a range of skills.  Fieldwork is a key part of the AS.

What entry requirements are there to study this course?

Interest in the subject is the essential requirement. English at GCSE grade C or equivalent  is very useful.

What is the course useful for?

The Russell Group of universities define Geography as one of only two Humanities facilitating subjects.  Geography is an ideal subject to ‘mix’ with both Humanities and Science A Levels.  Employers like Geography because it teaches students to think and to analyse and understand the world around them.  Geographers go into a very wide variety of careers from teaching to accountancy.