Can anyone tell me what A level geography is like?

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Hi, I really enjoy geography and although I'm predicted a B at GCSE I have got A* in both my mocks so I would like to take it for A level. Can anyone tell me what the course is like?


Posted: 16-03-12 21:40 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

You dont really need it as GCSE to do the A Level, which in its self is pretty good beause it shows that its not that hard :) if your dedicated and interested in it then its ace :) **

Posted: 19-03-12 15:41 by Rayanne :)

I done it at GCSE and got two A* and a B. If you enjoy it i would recommend it, its really interesting and honestly if your getting A* at GCSE i'm sure you'll fly through it! Definitely do it **

Posted: 03-04-12 20:53 by Ciara27

Definitely do Geography if you enjoy, as remember at A level you have to spend so much time doing your subject it helps if you pick ones you enjoy :)

In relation to what the course is like you probably need to look at the specific course they offer at your school/ college to see what the topics are like, but I did 4 topics at AS, one of them was the same as GCSE but in more detail and at A2 I'm doing 3 topics plus a skills paper and the topics combine much of the geography you've learnt! **

Posted: 04-04-12 19:01 by Charlotte

I love geography at A level and although you don't have to have done it at GCSE it really helps cos it means you don't need to learn the basics!! Unis and employers like it as well so if your good at it and most of all if you enjoy it you should definitely take it!!!

I'm doing AQA and I'm doing

  • rivers
  • coast
  • population
  • and energy issues.

Hope this helps :-)

Posted: 13-04-12 19:43 by Abby

If you enjoy doing it, defiantly do it. As mentioned before, it very important to pick subjects you enjoy for A Level as you will spent a lot of time studying them, especially around the exam season. Moreover, many schools have school trips for geography (I went to Barcelona :P). If you're good at it, but more importantly enjoy it, DO IT.

Posted: 21-04-12 22:26 by rlamacraft

I love it, very similar to History in terms of revising. There is a lot of content, but the majority is common sense. If you remember case studies in detail you will be fine, these are often events you see on the news anyway. The great thing about geography too, is that when teachers ask you to do wider research you can do this by watching the copious amounts of documentaries there are on bbc these days. I have been told that at A2 the marking system is ridiculous to get your head around, but at AS its great. Strongly recomended, and an interesting course, looks great for universities too, and a degree in Geography degree at uni will get you far. Well worth looking into. I study Rivers, Deserts, Population and Development (or something like that) as part of the AQA spec. Hope this helps :)

Posted: 22-04-12 17:39 by Anna

as everyone said, do it if you enjoy it. i personally love the subject, its really interesting. you more or less learn things that people think of as useless but in reality it will help you get to grips with the world around you. i do the AQA spec and its pretty good, especially if you do economics and biology because at A2 it'll push you forward. It alot of reading and writing, but if you truly like the subject you won't be bothered by it.

I'll be taking Human Geography on for my degree next year and I honestly don't regret it. It links really well with our current lives, and theres so much useful stuff on the news that helps you in your understanding :)

Posted: 24-04-12 20:23 by J

Thanks everyone I'm taking geography for sure next year :)

Posted: 24-04-12 21:12 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR