A Level

Exam Board: AQA

2 years


Course Content:

On this course you will;

  • Examine crucial issues such as climate change and global inequality, using the latest geographical information systems and technology
  • Study the dynamic and ever changing relationships between people, places and their environment
  • Analyse and understand a wide variety of topics such as Changing Places; Global Systems and Governance; Hazard Management and Contemporary Urban Environments
  • Complete fieldwork within a variety of different settings such as The Solent, The River Mole, Alton and Stratford to put classroom theory into action.  
  • Select an issue of personal interest to complete an investigation as part of your course with full support and mentoring from dedicated teachers


20% course work, 80% exams.

2 exam papers

Studying at Alton College:

Staff support your quest to learn at every stage. In Physical Geography, there is a great deal to understand which will require taking notes and writing essays. There will be a need to interpret maps and data. In Human Geography, there will be learning through discussions, and classroom presentations to prepare. IT research and wider reading is a large part of this course and we are fortunate to have superb facilities to allow for this. Visiting lecturers, trips to RGS London, competitions to enter, are all part of your learning too!

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4.

A grade 5 in English is necessary and a minimum of a grade 5 in Maths. 

Course costs:

Essential: textbook £27

Compulsory field trips to the Solent and local fieldwork to Alton: £20 approx./Juniper Hall, Field Study Council £35 approx.

Various day trips and to conferences in London: £25, excluding travel.

Optional trips: India 

Geography works well with:

Environmental Sustainability

What our students say

"Geography is such a dynamic and exciting subject which shapes our lives and the way we see the world. The teachers are passionate and inspiring in lessons!"  Sophia Buchanan Barlow, previously at Calthorpe Park School