A Level – Geography


People who choose Geography will gain a deeper understanding of how the world works and how the people in it interact. Geography is a great choice of subject to study at a time of growing concern about climate change, shrinking energy resources and global poverty; it is one of the most relevant courses people could choose to study for our times.

Geography students in Italy
  • Who Is This Course For?

    Geography is a great choice of subject to study at a time of growing concern about climate change, shrinking energy resources and global poverty; it is one of the most relevant courses people could choose to study for our times.

    Geography also gives a wealth of skills and knowledge that will be valuable for life beyond College and will open minds to endless career possibilities that may not have been considered. If you have enjoyed geography in the past you will love it at Wyke!

    Entry Criteria

    The College entry criteria for all level three courses can be found on our ”Entry Criteria Guidance” pdf document.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    AQA

    A level Geography

    Component 1 – Physical Geography

    This will be examined in a 2 hours and 30 minute exam and will comprise 40% of the A level.

    • Water and carbon cycles
    • Coastal systems and landscapes
    • Hazards

     

    Component 2 – Human Geography

    This will be examined in a 2 hours and 30 minute exam and will comprise 40% of the A level.

    • Global Systems and global governance
    • Changing places
    • Population and the environment

     

    Component 3 – Geographical Investigation

    Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation will be based on a question defined and developed relating to part of the specification content. The student will produce a 3,000 – 4,000 word report which will comprise 20% of their A level mark.

    Method of Assessment is 80% Examination, 20% Coursework.

    How the course is delivered

    Students will attend four 70 minute geography lessons per week. The week will be split in two. In one half students will study physical geography and in the other human geography. Students may be taught by just one teacher or both.

    Geographical skills will be taught alongside the main topics with a river fieldwork trip providing an opportunity to exercise the skills.

    Departmental Enrichment

    Lunchtime workshops are provided to allow students to brush up on skills and techniques and one to one support is offered if needed. As well as this the department provide lots of additional help in-between lessons and by email.

    The geography department believe that fieldwork is a vital part of geography; students will have the opportunity to take part in a number of trips to complement their studies. In the past these have included a day of data collection at Helwath Beck in the Yorkshire Moors, Iceland and Naples.

    The Geography Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    Lunchtime workshops are provided to allow students to brush up on their skills and techniques and one to one support is offered if needed. As well as this the department offer lots of additional help outside of lessons if needed.

    The geography department believe that fieldwork is a vital part of geography; students will have the opportunity to take part in a number of field trips to complete their studies. In the past these have included a day of data collection at Helwath Beck in the Yorkshire Moors and residential field trips to Iceland, Naples and Sicily.

    In addition to this the departments runs a geography newspaper enrichment class two lunchtimes a week.

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    To be successful in geography, students will need to ‘think like geographers’. What is happening in the world today is very important to gain a broad, realistic and up to date understanding of the subject. Students are advised to watch the news and collect articles about any geography related topics.

    The news is full of geography and therefore to narrow down the search students are advised to look at the topics above to start their collection. It is also recommended that students refresh their geographical skills throughout the summer. A full list of skills can be found on the AQA website in the Geography specification.

  • Progression:

    Many geographers are attracted to the diverse and specialist areas of study that Geography offers at University, most students choose to go on to higher education. Geography can lead to a wide range of careers such as local government, landscape architecture, engineering, cartography, nature conservation, social work, housing management and market research or even some more challenging professions such as civil service, sports management, meteorology, volcanologist, lecturer or systems analyst.

    Geographers are equipped with a wealth of knowledge and skills that are attractive to employers, the career opportunities are endless.

    “A student who studies geography has well above average graduate employability, second only to law, psychology and sports science”   Oxford University

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    The Geography results are consistently above the national and college average. 100% of A2 students have passed the course in the last 5 years. 62% of A Level geography students gained A*-B in the 2016 exams.

    “Choosing to studying geography at Wyke was the best academic decision I made going into A levels. I gained a breadth of knowledge, understanding and skill from geography that could not be replicated in any other subject. My teachers inspired me to read beyond my lessons, to gain deeper understanding, and to question and critically analyse further research. Geography at Wyke has set me up to move on to my undergraduate study at university and to become a very employable graduate.”  Charlotte Hamer, studying Geography at Leeds gained an A at Wyke in 2015