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Students with A level Geography have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These include collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating your findings in a variety of ways, and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers and universities as being of great value.

Geography A Level syllabi are still in their draft stage. As such, no final decision has been made regarding the choice of syllabus. However, the typical topics taught at A Level include;

A level
Physical Geography
What’s assessed:

  • Section A: Water and carbon cycles
  • Section B: either Hot desert environments and their margins or Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Section C: either Hazards or Ecosystems under stress or Cold environments

How it’s assessed:
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
96 marks 40% of A level

Human Geography
What’s assessed:
¬ Section A: Global systems and global governance
¬ Section B: Changing places
¬ Section C: either Contemporary urban environments or Population and the environment or Resource security

How it’s assessed:
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
96 marks 40% of A level

Geographical Investigation
What’s assessed
¬ 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.

How it’s assessed:
3,000–4,000 words
35 marks 20% of A level
Marked by teachers Moderated by AQA


Geography combines well with almost all other A level subjects. Taken with sciences like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Geography supports applications for almost any science based university course like Engineering, Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography and Geology; taken with humanities like English, French, History, Business Studies or Economics, Geography supports an equally wide range of university courses such as Business, Law, Media, Politics and Philosophy.


Some students choose to use their qualification to go straight into employment, rather than go on to higher education. A level Geography develops the transferable skills and the key skills that employers are demanding; they can lead to a very wide range of employment opportunities. This can include further training in such areas as Law, Accountancy and Journalism.