Geography | Rainhill6th


The A-Level course builds upon the firm foundation students have experienced at GCSE. The aim of the course is to develop literate, numerate and synoptic geographers who recognise that all topics, whether they are human or physical, are linked together and can influence the other.

Subject Type: A Level
Details of Exam Board: AQA
Entry Requirements:

Minimum GCSE grade 6 in Geography as well as grade 6 in English Language.

Last three years destinations:
  • Bsc (Hons) Geoscience at Nottingham University
  • BA (Hons) Geography (with a year abroad) – Coventry University

Course Aims

Students have to read widely around their subjects and to use real life examples in their work. The ability to empathise, assess and discuss are crucial skills that they will develop throughout the course. As a result, geographers are highly employable due to the broad nature of skills that are developed and mastered throughout the two years.

Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice. The Russell Group report published in 2011 names Geography as one of the eight facilitating subjects. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and choosing facilitating subjects will keep more options open to you at university. Geography works alongside both arts and science subjects and for people choosing veterinary or medicine courses. Universities see Geography as a an A-level which adds breath to a student’s knowledge and the ability to write in an articulate way will have been enhanced by taking A-level Geography.

Geography is an ever changing subject with daily events that can shape the course. We do a lot of debating and investigating the content. Group work is key too - particularly when planning out answers. My favourite topic is water and carbon where we investigate the role that rainforests and rivers have in both cycles. 20% of the A-level grade is from an independent piece of coursework and this gives us the opportunity to go on fieldtrips to a variety of places such as the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Sefton coastline and the Wirral.


Geography enables a direct route into many career areas such as sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, town planning, managing the effects of hazards and climate change, public services (police, RAF).

As well as directly linked careers, the skills developed will allow geographers to move into initially undirected areas such as law, business and accountancy due to a geographer’s ability to make decisions and analyse.

There are a wide range of career opportunities for geographers.


The weighting of assessment is 20% Geographical investigation and 80% examinations.

The investigation will be 3000-4000 words in length and will be set and marked by your teacher, then externally moderated.

There are two examinations (physical and human geography) which are both completed at the end of year 13. They carry an equal weighting of 40% each of your overall grade. Both are set and marked by the exam board and they have a duration of 2 hours 30 minutes each.


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