A Level Geography



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Study method
Online, self-paced
24 Months
AQA A Level in Geography
Awarded by AQA
Additional info
  • Tutor is available to students


This home study course from UK Distance Learning & Publishing is designed to guide you through the AQA A-Level Geography specification. Focusing on issues and impacts, the course takes a modern approach to geography, allowing students to focus on contemporary issues within geographical study. The course covers such core topics as human and physical geography, and emphasizes topical issues where appropriate, such as human impacts and sustainability.

Guided by online support from your tutor, this distance learning course will allow you to take your study of geography to the next level. It is ideal for students wishing to study geography at university or for entry to related careers.


This specification is designed to:

  • build naturally on GCSE knowledge, with minimal repetition of content
  • develop fieldwork skills
  • increase choice of topics, e.g. between fieldwork investigation or issue evaluation papers
  • stimulate the study of geographical issues and impacts
  • develop a specialist interest within geography
  • provide a seamless progression to higher education and employment

Course Content:

On this course you will studyfour units:

AS Level

Unit 1: GEOG1 Physical and Human Geography
Written examination: 2 Hours

Unit 2: GEOG2 Geographical Skills
Written examination: 1 hour

A2 Level

Unit 3: GEOG3 Contemporary Geographical Issues
Written examination: 2 hour 30 minutes

Unit 4: either
GEO4A: Geography Fieldwork Investigation, or:
GEO4B: Geographical Issue Evaluation,
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes


AS Level

Unit 1 Physical and Human Geography

The study of core geographical concepts along with contrasting themes of contemporary or environmental impact, management and sustainability.

Unit 2 Geographical Skills

A geographical skills paper based on the content of Unit 1.

Skills include:investigative, cartographic, graphical, ICT and statistical skills.

A2 Level

Unit 3 Contemporary Geographical Issues

An issues-based approach to contemporary geographical themes.

Unit 4A Geography Field Work Investigation

This unit gives candidates the opportunity to extend an area of the subject content into a more detailed fieldwork study.

Candidates analyse and evaluate their fieldwork in response to the questions set. In addition, candidates will be assessed on fieldwork skills.

or: Unit 4BGeographical Issue Evaluation

This unit gives candidates the opportunity to use their skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

An advance information booklet is pre-released 2 months prior to the exam to facilitate candidates' research into an area which extends from the specification content.

Recommended Reading

AQA AS Geography: Student's Book, Smith John, Roger Knill, 2008, Nelson Thornes Ltd.

AQA A2 Geography, John Smith, Roger Knill, 2009, Nelson Thornes.

Qualification Information:

AS +A2 = A level in Geography. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.

Method of Study:

Online Version

Our online A-Level courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment:

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Exams are taken at an AQA centre and we can provide an extensive list of centres for you.

Course Length Information:

Our A Levels come with tutor support for up to 24 months and for this course support expires in June 2017 due to syllabus changes brought in by the Government.

Tutor Support:

You will have access to a tutor, via email, who will mark your work and guide you through the course to to help you be ready for your examinations. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.

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What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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