The Geography Department

A-Level Geography

Geography at A level is one of the most exciting subjects that you can study, purely because of its sheer range of topics.

Geography is considered to have a “multidisciplinary” nature- meaning it ranges from geopolitics, to sustainability, hazards and biology. This provides students with multiple opportunities to study everything and appeals to those with both a scientific and arts predisposition. As well as the exciting range of classroom topics offered, Geography is the study of the Great Outdoors and the world around us, which enables A Level Geographers to go on a 4-day field trip to study the local area and take ownership of issues that threaten Dorset.

Why study A Level Geography?
Sir Michael Palin, late chairman of the Royal Geographical Society, states that “Geography students hold the key to the world’s problems”, which suggests Geographers have the power to do anything they like. Indeed, Geography careers cover a vast array of fields, from agriculture, to meteorology, to scientific research, conservation, sustainable development, international aid worker, finance, tourism and business. The Guardian in 2015 claimed that Geography graduates are among the most employable in the UK, which bodes well for our A Level Geographers! Simply put, Geography rocks.

A level geography at Poole High is taught through the popular AQA syllabus, which provides students with the opportunity to study human and physical geography, and write their own research project on any geographical issue.
The paper breakdown is as follows:
Paper 1: Physical Geography:
Water and Carbon Cycles, Hazards and Coastal Systems and Landscapes (2hr 30 exam)
Paper 2: Human Geography:
Global Systems and Global Governance, Changing Places, Population and the Environment (2hr 30 exam)
Paper 3: Non-Examined Assessment
Students conduct a research project on a topic of their OWN CHOICE (3,000-4,000 words)