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York College


For more information about our Geography A Level, you can view our Parents Open Day Powerpoint.

Entry requirements

A grade 5 in Geography at GCSE. It is not essential to have studied Geography at GCSE but a minimum of a grade 4 is required in English, Maths and Science.


Two year course.

What will I study?

AS Geography

Component 1: Physical Geography and People and the Environment

Section A: Water and carbon cycles

Section B: Contemporary Urban Environments

This is assessed by a 1hr 30 mins exam which contributes 50% of the AS total mark

Component 2: Human Geography and Geography fieldwork investigation

Section A: Changing Places

Section B: Geography fieldwork investigation and geographical skills

This is assessed by a 1 hour 30 mins exam which contributes 50% of the AS total mark


There will be a compulsory 2 day residential field trip during the course of the year. Some students will qualify for bursaries to help with payment. Approximate cost is £160. The fieldwork is essential to answer generic questions in Paper 2 at AS level AND to learn the skills necessary to produce the Geographical Investigation at A’ level.

A Level Geography

Component 1: Physical Geography

Section A: Water and carbon cycles (already covered at AS)

Section B: Hot desert systems and landscapes

Section C: Hazards

40% of A-level, 2hr 30 mins written examination

Component 2: Human Geography

Section A: Global systems and global governance

Section B: Changing places (already covered at AS)

Section C: Contemporary Urban Environments (already covered at AS)

40% of A-level, 2hr 30 mins written examination

Component 3: Geographical investigation

This involves an individual investigation where the student produces a minimum 3000-word report that accounts for 60 marks and 20% of the A-level. This piece of work is internally assessed and moderated by AQA.

Good course combinations

Geography will complement both science and humanities subjects.

What could it lead to?

There are many job opportunities for students who have taken courses in Geography, and employers welcome the wide range of skills covered. Geography sits comfortably with both sciences and humanities. Past students have gone on to study Physical Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Management and Environmental Science.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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