A Level Geography

Introduction – why choose this subject?

The topics studied in A Level Geography are engaging and provide challenge to students who have chosen to deepen their understanding of geographical issues. A wide range of contemporary themes and issues are addressed, so students can understand the world around them and what could impact our future. We explore the key ideas and debates in our world today, such as climate change, globalisation, urban regeneration and management of the world’s resources. There are 4 days of field work experience, including a residential, to help prepare students for their individual investigation which they start at the end of Y12. Fieldwork has a strong track record of motivating and providing students with both the geographical and employability skills needed to progress in the contemporary world.


Throughout the course, students develop their communication, analytical and evaluative skills. They are given opportunities for collaborative learning in addition to independence. By the end of the course the students have gained a wide range of transferable skills, which is why Geography is a subject that is highly regarded by universities. Consequently, Geography opens doors to a wide range of degrees and careers.

How is the course assessed?

A Level Geography is 80% based on exams and 20% based on coursework


Component 1: Physical geography

Section A: Water and carbon cycles

Section B: Coastal systems and landscapes

Section C: Hazards


Component 2: Human geography

Section A: Global systems and global governance

Section B: Changing places

Section C: Contemporary urban environments


Component 3: Geographical investigation

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.


  • 1 exercise book per topic
  • 1 File per topic.
  • Recommend – AQA A Level Geography textbook ISBN - 978-141858697

Homework and learning outside the classroom

  • A 3-day residential in Y12 provides students with the opportunity to experience different fieldwork techniques and explore geographical issues in a real-world context.
  • The department also runs enrichment trips. In 2024 we are going to Italy, providing students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in real world geography.

Students are taught by 2 different teachers – homework is set by both teachers on a weekly basis to consolidate knowledge and understanding, build up independent learning skills and refine exam technique.

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Allerton High School
King Lane, Leeds
West Yorkshire LS17 7AG
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