Key Stage 5

KS5 Geography (Year 12-13)

“A Level Geography covers both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. There has never been a better or more important time to study A level Geography. Dealing with vital issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation, social issues and natural hazards, A level Geography is one of the most relevant subjects to study. There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research, which helps students to become independent learners. Geography equips students with the ability to demonstrate understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate answers with case studies from local, national and international examples.”

Royal Geographical Society

At Sherburn High School, students study the AQA specification and cover the following themes:

Paper 1: Physical Geography

  • Water and Carbon Cycles

  • Coastal Systems and Landscapes

  • Hazards 

How it's assessed • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes • 120 marks • 40% of A-level

Paper 2: Human Geography

  • Global Systems and Global Governance

  • Changing Places

  • Population and the Environment 

How it's assessed • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes • 120 marks • 40% of A-level

Component 3: Non-Examined Assessment

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. Students complete 4 compulsory days of fieldwork in contrasting human and physical settings to equip them with the necessary skills to complete an independent project on a theme of their choice.

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

Past papers can be found on the AQA website using the following link: AQA | AS and A-level | Geography | Assessment resources

If you require any further information about the KS5 curriculum, please contact Mrs J Goulding (Curriculum Leader: Geography)