Examination Board: AQA
What topics are covered?

Year 1 (AS)

Water and carbon cycles

The cycling of water has obvious and significant implications for the health and prosperity of society. Carbon is everywhere: in the oceans, in rocks and soils, in all forms of life and in our atmosphere.


The atmosphere and the lithosphere intermittently but regularly present hazards to human populations, often in a dramatic and sometimes catastrophic fashion.

Changing places

Place can be seen as a definite location. Place differs to the abstract notion of space because places have meaning to people. Space becomes place as we get to know it better.

Year 2 (A-level)

Coastal systems and landscapes

Coastal zones are dynamic environments with distinctive landscapes formed by the interaction of a range of wind, marine and terrestrial processes.

Global systems and global governance

The global economy and society have altered significantly in recent years as a result of the process of globalisation. There are few subjects either as controversial or as in need of better awareness than attempts to manage and govern human affairs on a global scale.

Contemporary urban environments

Population levels are rising and nowhere is this more evident than in urban areas. The future survival of cities depends on sustainable growth and their ability to tackle the major issues.

What trips occur during the course?

Geographical skills and associated fieldwork are an essential part of the course. In year 1 this is assessed in an examination worth 25% of the AS. In year 2 a 3000-word individual investigation which must include data collected in the field is completed which is worth 20% of the A level.

The department provides many opportunities which help to bring the subject alive. Sixth form students have visited the Jurassic Coast; London Olympic Park; Gnosall and Birmingham.

What career paths would Geography be suitable for?

Geographers are highly employable because they have the skills of research, analysis and synthesis, can take a balanced view and have been trained to apply their skills in real world situations. Common career opportunities for geographers are in planning, travel and tourism, the environment, housing management, law, water supply, earth sciences, sustainable development, oceanography and many, many more.