York College

For more information about studying Geography at York College, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions document.

Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance. It is not essential to have studied Geography at GCSE.


Two year course.

What will I study?

This course is ideal for those fascinated by the world we live in. You will study both physical and human geography. Alongside this you will be taught a range of transferable skills such as quantitative and qualitative analysis, communication skills e.g. report writing, and fieldwork skills.

AS Geography

Physical Geography and People and the Environment

  • Water and Carbon Cycles
  • Contemporary Urban Environments

Human Geography and Geography Fieldwork Investigation

  • Changing Places
  • Geography Fieldwork Investigation and Geographical Skills


Fieldwork is a compulsory part of studying Geography A Level, and students find it to be very enjoyable. Students are required by the AQA exam board to do 4 days of fieldwork. We go as a group on two separate days to Beverley and Dalby to study urban heat islands and factors affecting the velocity of a stream. Considerable guidance is then given to students to allow them to perform human geography fieldwork independently.

Students undertake independent study of contrasting urban environments by visiting Harehills and Alwoodley in Leeds. This allows them to develop their independent fieldwork skills which are necessary to help them conduct their own fieldwork investigation as part of their coursework in the second year.

A Level Geography

Physical Geography

  • Water and Carbon Cycles (already covered at AS Level)
  • Hot Desert Systems and Landscapes
  • Hazards

Human Geography

  • Global Systems and Global Governance
  • Changing Places (already covered at AS Level)
  • Contemporary Urban Environments (already covered at AS Level)

Geographical Investigation

This involves an individual investigation where the student produces a minimum 3000 word report that accounts for 60 marks and 20% of the A Level. This piece of work is internally assessed and moderated by AQA.

udent produces a minimum 3000 word report that accounts for 60 marks and 20% of the A Level. This piece of work is internally assessed and moderated by AQA.

Good course combinations

Geography will complement both science and humanities subjects.

What could it lead to?

There are many job opportunities for students who have taken courses in Geography, and employers welcome the wide range of skills covered. Geography sits comfortably with both sciences and humanities. Past students have gone on to study Physical Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Management and Environmental Science.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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