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Upton Hall School

Inspiring Young People

Geography

Course Overview

The multidisciplinary nature of Geography allows students to pursue a variety of options. Some of these may, in fact, form specialities at university and provide obvious career pathways. Increasingly, courses have become more applied and therefore relevant to the world of work.

Geographers are seen as versatile and dynamic. They are able to collect,assess and validate information from a variety of sources. Decision making skills are developed throughout their academic studies, enabling geographers to provide balanced opinions.

Entry Requirements

If Geography has been studied at GCSE, a minimum grade 6 is required. 

If Geography has not been studied at GCSE, students may be accepted dependent on other results. 

As there are statistics involved in the course, a minimum grade 6 in Mathematics is required.

A Level Topics and Assessment

The A level will include four core themes, geographical skills and fieldwork relating to both physical and human themes.

The four core themes at A level are:

  1. Water and carbon cycles
  2. Landscape systems
  3. Global systems and global governance
  4. Changing place; changing places

 

AQA Exam 

Unit 1:

Physical Geography

Unit 2:

Human Geography

Unit 3:

Geographical Investigation

Length 

Written Exam: 2 hours 30 Minutes 

Written Exam 1 hour 30 minutes/Fieldwork 

3000-4000 words

Weighting 

96 marks

40% of A Level

96 marks

40% of A Level

35 marks

20% of A Level

 

Beyond the Classroom and Future Prospects

What do geographers become? 

  • Scientists and Engineers – Hydrologists, Volcanologists, Civil Engineers, Chartered Surveyors, Planners, Site Managers, 
  • Managers – Business, Retail, National Parks Officers, Forestry and countryside commission officers. 
  • Decision Makers – Planners, Insurance company risk assessors, Politicians, Cartographers, GIS, Aid Agencies workers. 
  • Services – Rescue co-ordinators, tourism officers, police officers….teachers.

Student Experience

I really enjoyed Geography because the combination of physical and human geography allows you to learn not only about the origins of our planet but also the impact that human life has on our world

Kathryn, who completed A Level Geography in 2017.