Geography A level

Studying geography at A level provides a unique opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of the socio-economic and environmental world in which they live. The new course specification examines in depth a range of contemporary issues and provides both breadth and depth within the subject. At the same time the study of geography provides students with a range of transferable skills which are in high demand by employees and at degree level.

Curriculum outline

AQA specification A

Full A level (however AS can be offered on an individual basis).

Component 1: Physical geography (40%)

  • Water and the carbon cycle
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards

Component 2: Human geography (40%)

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


Individual fieldwork investigation (20%)

3000-4000 words

Potential career paths and further study

According to the Royal Geographical Society, geography graduates have some of the highest rates of graduate employment. Geography enables students to explore a wide range of diverse careers including: town or transport planning, surveying, conservation, sustainability, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism, and research and development.

The army, police, government, research organisations, law and business worlds also love the practical research skills that geographers develop.

Geography careers
According to the Geography Association, geography is in the top 10 most recession proof degrees.