A Level Geography

A-level Geography

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A-level Geography is a two-year course that allows students to explore and understand the world around them. It covers both human and physical geography topics, as well as geographical skills and techniques. It's a subject that helps students develop critical thinking, research, and fieldwork skills.


The AQA A-level Geography is structured into different areas:


**Physical Geography**:

This includes the study of processes and forms related to three major topics: water and carbon cycles, hot desert systems and landscapes, and coastal systems and landscapes. Other options may include glaciated landscapes and hazards.


**Human Geography**:

This section covers contemporary urban environments, changing places, and global systems and governance. Other options may include population and the environment.


**Geographical Investigation**:

This part of the course involves an individual investigation that must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student, related to any part of the specification content. This fosters students' abilities in independent research, data collection and analysis, and critical thinking.


The assessment of A-level Geography consists of two written examinations (one for Physical Geography and one for Human Geography) and one assessment of the geographical investigation. The exams typically involve a combination of short answer questions, structured data response questions, and essay questions.


A-level Geography can be a challenging subject due to the breadth of topics covered and the complexity of many geographical processes. Additionally, the need to conduct an independent investigation requires a high level of planning, research, and analytical skills. However, the course can also be highly rewarding, offering a deep understanding of the world and its systems and fostering a range of valuable skills.


How is it assessed:

The AQA A-level Geography is assessed through two examinations and one piece of coursework. Here's a breakdown:


1. **Physical Geography (Paper 1)**: This is a written examination that assesses students' knowledge and understanding of water and carbon cycles, either hot desert systems and landscapes or coastal systems and landscapes, and one from either hazards or glaciated landscapes and change. The exam is usually 2 hours 30 minutes long and contributes to 40% of the A-level.


2. **Human Geography (Paper 2)**: This is also a written examination, focusing on global systems and global governance, changing places, and one from either contemporary urban environments or population and the environment. Like Paper 1, it's also 2 hours 30 minutes long and counts for 40% of the A-level.


3. **Geographical Investigation (Non-exam assessment)**: This component involves an individual investigation of 3,000–4,000 words. The investigation must incorporate data collected in the field and relate to any aspect of the geographical content in the specification. It is expected to involve 4 days of fieldwork. This investigation contributes to 20% of the A-level and is marked by teachers but moderated by AQA.


Each of these assessments aims to measure a student's understanding and application of geographical knowledge, concepts, and skills. It's important to note that specific details or structures may have changed if you're checking this information after September 2021, so always refer to the latest AQA specification or consult a teacher for the most accurate information.