A-level Exam board – AQA
The A level encourages a more holistic approach to geographical concepts and processes by being able to recognise and analyse the complexity of people–environment interactions at all geographical scales, and appreciate how these underpin understanding of some of the key issues facing the world today. As well as applying geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches in a rigorous way to a range of geographical questions and issues, including those identified in 4 days of fieldwork, recognising both the contributions and limitations of geography.
The assessment is made up of 2 written papers and a 4,000 word Non Examined Assessment (NEA) on a fieldwork enquiry chosen by the students.
Paper 1 – Water and carbon cycles, Coastal landscapes and Hazards. 2hr 30mins and worth 40% of A-level
Paper 2 – Global systems and global governance, Changing places and Population and the environment. 2hr 30mins and worth 40% of A-Level.
Non Examined Assessment (NEA) – 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. Which is a 4,000 word written report, marked by teachers and worth 20% of A-Level.
We have seen students joining from Year 7 enjoying and succeeding in their geography all the way through 6th form. Leading to a continuous stream of students deciding to study Geography at university, including Russell group universities. The most recent results in 2018 saw three students going to study Geography at Nottingham, Manchester and Exeter University.