Geography is a diverse subject that provides an understanding of our changing and interconnected world. It involves the study of both physical and human environments, and the complex process of interaction that takes place between them. Geography is valued by universities and employers alike, as it provides a context for looking at contemporary issues from a range of perspectives and develops many transferrable skills directly related to a variey of careers, including those in business, finance, sustainability and law.


What do I need to know?

  • It embeds and extends the skills learnt at GCSE.
  • It is preferable to have studied GCSE Geography prior to A level ude to the complexity of the concepts and depth of knowledge required.
  • It does involve fieldwork - this is a compulsory element of the course (4 days).
  • It does involve written coursework which is completed on an individual basis.
  • There are two written exam papers at the end of Year 13.

The course is suitable for you if you:

  • have an inquiring mind;
  • have an interest in, and concern for, the environment;
  • have an interest in current affairs;
  • like to ask challenging questions about the world in which we live in;
  • want to participate in practical outdoor fieldwork;
  • want to broaden your Sixth Form choices to include both ‘Science’ and ‘Humanities’ subjects;
  • want to keep your options open for further study and career choices;
  • are interested in travel.

Year 12 and Year 13 students follow AQA Geography (new specification)

Physical Geography - written exam - 2 hours 30 minutes - 40% of A-Level

  • Water and Carbon Cycle
  • Coastal Systems and Landscapes
  • Hazards

Human Geography - written exam - 2 hours 30 minutes - 40% of A-Level

  • Global Systems and Governance
  • Changing Places
  • Contemporary Urban Environments

Non-examined assessment [NEA] (Independent Investigation) - 3000-4000 words - 20% of A Level.


Four days of fieldwork are planned at the Castlehead Field Studies Centre in The Lake District (venue subject to change) to help with the skills and data collection techniques required for the successful completion of the NEA.

For further details, please contact Mrs Harvey


All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.