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A Level Geography 2016: FAQs

Spec details

Q: What's new?


  • AS and A Level Geography are now de-coupled
  • 60% of the new qualifications consists of core themes (2 physical and 2 human for the A Level, one of each for the AS)
  • The physical core themes are water and carbon cycles and landscape systems
  • The human core themes are global systems and global governance and changing place; changing places
  • The non-core content is evenly balanced between physical and human geography, with at least 40% addressing people-environment questions and issues
  • Students must undertake a minimum of 2 days’ fieldwork at AS and 4 days at A Level
  • A Level students must complete an independent investigation worth 20% of marks
  • Key dates

    Q: What will happen when?

    A: First teaching of the new AS and A Level specs started in September 2016. The first AS exams will be in the summer of 2017, with the first A Level exams following in summer 2018.

    Useful links

    Q: Where can I find out more?

    A: There is more information available on the exam boards' websites, where you can also download the specifications - follow the links on the right. You might also be interested in:

  • AS and A Level Geography subject content (DfE)
  • AS and A Level Geography assessment criteria (DfE)
  • New resources

    Q: Which specifications has Oxford published resources for?

    A: We have published two brand new courses. These support the AQA and Edexcel AS and A Level specifications. You can order an AQA inspection copy or an Ededxcel inspection copy here.