KS5 Geography

Students follow AQA Geography at A Level. This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.  This aims to develop students’ geographical understanding by developing a multidisciplinary approach to studies, calling on a wide range of skills to make sense of complex issues.

An emphasis on place, people, interactions and decision-making geography leads naturally to an interest in and concern for the environment at all scales ranging from local to global.

The examination is divided into two units.

For component 1, students study the following aspects of Physical Geography: – Coastal landscapes, Water and Carbon and Hazards.

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 120 marks

40% of A-level

For component 2, students will study the following Human Geography topics: – Global systems and governance, changing places and contemporary urban environments.

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 120 marks
  • 40% of A-level

For component 3 students will undertake their own non-exam assessment. completing a coursework project at home on their own choice of study. Skills will be practiced in 3 fieldtrips across the 2 years and 1 final one to collect their own data.

How it’s assessed

  • 3,000 – 4,000 words
  • 60 marks
  • 20% of A-level
  • marked by teachers
  • moderated by AQA

Homework: Research tasks, project work, extended questions, preparation for controlled assessment tasks, practical tasks.

Other Useful Information

5 ways I can help my son/daughter


Read and discuss newspaper articles about the topic studied.


Ask students to explain why natural disasters take place.


Help them prepare for assessments or essays.


Give them time to revise and test learnt knowledge.


Record and watch geographical documentaries.