2017 A level results

Geography A level gains popularity

Geography A level candidate numbers* rose by 4% in 2017 with 37,814 exam entries, up from 36,363 in 2016.

The subject remains the 8th most popular at A level and 7th at AS level, and continues to be the most gender equal qualification. At AS level geography had the biggest uptake among the humanities.

The proportion of A*-C grades remained similar to previous years, with 81.8% of A level entries achieving a grade C or above (26.7% A and A*) and 66.5% of AS level entries earning a C grade or above (22% achieving an A).

Overall there was a 39.1% decline in AS level entries since they became a standalone qualification in England following A level reforms. For AS geography the decline was 49.7%, a drop from 54866 entries in 2016 to 27617 in 2017.

*Figures for all UK candidates (source: https://www.jcq.org.uk/)

Download: In-depth analysis of AS and A level geography results (PDF)


Go to the GCSE and A level results for geography page to view results and analyses from previous years.

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Carol Chisim Guest

I teach Geography and the subject is being forced out in schools as principals try to bolster their examination statistics by introducing coursework dominant subjects which can produce guaranteed top grades with significant teacher input. In my school, A level Geography has been removed from the curriculum and where we used to have three GCSE classes, we now have one with no more than 18 students while pupils "study" learning for life and work or childcare are brimming over with pupils forced to do subjects that will produce certain A-C grades. More needs to be done at governmental level to ensure that Geography is compulsory as a relevant and necessary subject for all across the UK.

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