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Devonport High School for Girls

Head of Department

Ms A Trower, BSc (Hons), PGCE 

Statement of Intent

At DHSG, our Geography Curriculum is designed to: 

  •  celebrate the diversity of our world and cultivate curiosity about its places and people;  
  • critically analyse physical processes and human concepts;  
  • embrace geographical thinking and independent enquiry, in our studies and in our own lives;  
  • nurture global citizens with the knowledge and skills to effect sustainable environmental change;  

A Level Course Outline

This engaging course gives students the opportunity to:

  • engage with the relationship of human populations to each other over space and time;
  • study the relationship between human populations with their physical environment at a variety of scales from the local to the global;
  • consider their own role in relation to themes and issues being studied and the roles, values and attitudes of others including decision-makers;
  • carry out dedicated fieldwork.

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

Geography is highly valued by universities as an A-Level choice. Geography is a broad-based subject that really fits well for your future progression into potential University and career choices. For example, for careers in Sustainability and Green Issues, Urban Regeneration, Energy Supply, Retail Location, Managing the effects of Hazards and Climate Change, Geography is an obvious choice. For careers in the world of Business, an understanding of Global Economics forms an important part of Geography.

Fieldwork opportunities

Year 12 -  Start Bay - investigating coastal processes and landforms in preparation for students’ own independent investigation.

Year 12 – Totnes and Haytor – investigating the concept of place identity in Totnes and studying water flows and carbon stores on Haytor on Dartmoor.

Year 12 – Devonport docks and Plymouth waterfront – investigating our local sense of place, urban regeneration and urban deprivation.

Course Content

Examination Board


Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website

A-Level Geography Specification (7037)
AS Geography Specification (7036)

AS Level

Unit 1

Physical Geography and the Environment

50% of total AS marks


Unit 2

Human Geography and Geography Fieldwork

50% of total AS marks

A Level

Unit 1

Physical Geography

40% of total A level marks


Unit 2

Human Geography

40% of total A level marks


Unit 3

Geographical Investigation

20% of total A level marks