Geography – A Level


Exam Board: AQA



We hope that this little guide will be a good base for everything you need to know over the coming 18 months. The handbook should give you the background to the course, what to expect.

A Level Geography is a relatively new specification, so you will be provided with some really up to date and new case studies and theories that put you at the forefront of geographical research. We hope to develop your passion for geography and give you an excellent overview of the world we live in.



What will I learn and how will I be assessed?

When will I learn it?*

Autumn Term

Changing Places

NEA skills

Spring Term

Coastal systems and landscapes

Fieldwork and NEA – We aim to complete our 4 days worth of fieldwork during the spring term. This could be a residential in Wales, or 4 separate days in Birmingham City Centre.

Summer Term

Population and the environment


Year 13: Hazards (finishing off), Water and carbon cycles, Global systems and global governance, Revision

*please note that this is subject to change due to needs of the students, assessment and the Academy Calendar

Why should I study Geography?

If you have been through the PowerPoint you have probably been told a million reasons why, but in truth people pick Geography because; its current, job prospects are high, and we do residential fieldwork. It is where memories are made, and you are pushed to do something new and exciting. Below are a range of articles that can help you decide that Geography really is for you, after all I could keep writing all day, but Geography teachers are biased!

Geographical skills

Throughout the course and on all your exam papers you will be tested in your geographical skills. A list of these is below, many of them you will be able to complete already, but we will revisit them before the exam to ensure you are comfortable with everything you need to know.

Core skills

  • Use and annotation of illustrative and visual material: base maps, sketch maps, Ordnance Survey (OS) maps (at a variety of scales), diagrams, graphs, field sketches, photographs, geospatial, geo-located and digital imagery.
  • Use of overlays, both physical and electronic.
  • Literacy – use of factual text and discursive/creative material and coding techniques when analysing text.
  • Numeracy – use of number, measure and measurement.
  • Questionnaire and interview techniques.

Cartographic (map) skills

  • Atlas maps.
  • Weather maps – including synoptic charts (if applicable).
  • Maps with located proportional symbols.
  • Maps showing movement – flow lines, desire lines and trip lines.
  • Maps showing spatial patterns – choropleth, isoline and dot maps.

Graphical skills

  • Line graphs – simple, comparative, compound and divergent.
  • Bar graphs – simple, comparative, compound and divergent.
  • Scatter graphs, and the use of best fit line.
  • Pie charts and proportional divided circles.
  • Triangular graphs.
  • Graphs with logarithmic scales.
  • Dispersion diagrams.

Statistical skills

  • Measures of central tendency – mean, mode, median.
  • Measures of dispersion – range, inter-quartile range and standard deviation.
  • Inferential and relational statistical techniques to include Spearman’s rank correlation and Chi-square test and the application of significance tests.

ICT skills

  • Use of remotely sensed data (as described above in Core skills).
  • Use of electronic databases.
  • Use of innovative sources of data such as crowd sourcing and ‘big data’.
  • Use of ICT to generate evidence of many