A Level Geography. If you’re about to choose your A Levels, you might be wondering whether it’s the right choice for you. If you’re currently studying the subject, you might be looking for tips to get that A. Don’t fret – in either case, we’ve got something for you in this article. Read on!
Skip this part if you’ve already chosen this wonderful subject! But if you’re at the stage where you’re currently deliberating between different courses, this is for you.
A Level Geography allows you to explore the world’s contemporary issues. From climate change to the dynamic effects of globalisation, it allows you to analyse the world around you and what could impact it in the future. It will allow you to understand some of the key issues on our planet today, and reading the news might make a little more sense, too!
You should bear in mind though, that as with choosing your A Levels in general, it’s worth having a think about your ultimate goals. Do you want to go to university, and if so, what subject would you be looking to study? Are there specific entry requirements for that subject? If you want to study Geography at university, it won’t surprise you to know that some institutions do ask that you have studied A Level Geography! Some places may even specify a specific grade for it in their offer, too.
Well, first of all, it’s worth noting that exam boards have both physical and human geography components. Physical geography focuses on – unsurprisingly – the physical world around us and how it works, with a focus on water cycles as well as coastal or glacier landscapes. Human geography at A Level covers geopolitics and migration. You will also get to do an independent investigation or fieldwork as part of your course. It’s an interesting and varied course, and it’s worth speaking to someone who knows the subject well to find out whether it’s the right choice for you, whether it be a teacher or tutor.
So, you’ve chosen A Level Geography – nice one! Unsurprisingly, you’re now thinking about how to ace the course. Below you will find a few pointers to steer you on the right track.
If you’re at the start of A Level Geography, the two main things to bear in mind are deceptively simple. First, make sure you find ways to keep your interest in the subject, to allow you to maintain that motivation to study throughout the course. This will make you more resilient in the face of repeated practice papers. The second tip is… being organised.
What does being organised mean in this case? It’s not about going to a stationery store and buying highlighters to help with colour-coding your notes (though you may find that also does help!) It’s about finding out exactly what’s on your syllabus and what you will be assessed on at the start of the course so you know what to focus on and what you will be expected to know.
So, make sure you go on the relevant exam board website to find out more. It’s worth noting that exam boards have tonnes of overlaps, particularly in terms of themes and topics, but there are some differences between them and the way the exams are marked. Not sure which one your school or 6th form college is following? Ask your teacher, and as a starting point check out our article on exam boards.
If you are in the middle of your A Level Geography or nearing exams, practice papers are absolutely your friend here, to get you used to the style of questioning and what the examiners are ultimately looking for. Remember, that it’s not about memorising past questions – past papers are there to test your current level of knowledge, show you where your gaps are, and get you used to the timings required for the examination.
With the ongoing pandemic, the format of exams for this year might look a little different once again than usual. Make sure you are prepared and check ahead of time – and if you don’t know where to look, there are plenty of ways to find out more. You might want to check out How to Pass A Levels as a starting point.
There are lots of resources available online to help you find out more about A Level Geography. Whether you’ve started studying the subject already or are thinking about it, a good place to start is going on the site of your exam board, as these have useful overviews of what the course consists of and how each element is weighted for your final mark.
But of course, often just reading about it simply isn’t enough, and it can be a lot more helpful to chat things through with somebody who knows what A Level Geography is all about. This is precisely where your teacher or tutor can come in, to help point you in the right direction. Geography can be a great course to gain a broader perspective on the world we live in – so make the most of it!