Exam Board AQA
Qualification A Level




Grade 6 in Geography



(Outline of


Physical Geography 

Section A: Water and carbon cycles

Section B: either Hot desert systems and landscapes or Coastal systems and landscapes or Glacial systems and landscapes

Section C: either Hazards or Ecosystems under stress


Human Geography 

Section A: Global systems and global governance

Section B: Changing places

Section C: either Contemporary urban environments or Population and the environment or Resource security


Geography Investigation 

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.


  Assessment Unit 1: Physical Geography – Written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes, worth 96 marks or 40% of A-level

Unit 2: Human Geography – Written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes, worth 96 marks or 40% of A-level

Unit 3: Geographical Investigation – coursework of 3,000 and 4,000 words, worth 35 marks and 20% of A-level, marked in school by teachers and then moderated by AQA


Careers Guidance Geography equips students with a range of skills that are highly prized and sought after by a variety of employers. These skills are essential to everyday life in the workplace. Geography can be used as a foundation to progress into either science or arts-based courses at university with many students opting to do either a BSc or a BA degree course in the subject. The range of career destinations is only limited by ambition. Geographers are highly regarded by employers owing to their broad knowledge of a variety of local, national, and global issues combined with their analytical, presentation and communication skills.

Careers in health, education, finance, the media, business, the armed forces, the environment, industry, travel, and the public sector have been pursued by geographers.

Recent graduate information has shown people with an A-Level in Geography have progressed into employment with roles such as sales executive, surveyor, and accountant.

Key Information

Transition Work

The transition work for Geography can be found below.

Students should attempt to complete one task weekly over the summer ahead of the start of the course.

Week 1

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Week 2

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Week 3

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