Geography

The topics covered are both contemporary and relevant in the modern world. They cover issues in a way that develops many skills that are both relevant in further education and in employment.

A key strength of A Level and degree level Geography is its breadth; providing opportunities to study the physical landscapes, our interactions with them and topics that include economic, political, historical, scientific and mathematical elements, alongside developing skills in written communication. 

Geographers investigate some of the most pressing and long-term challenges of our time, such as degradation of the environment, sustainability, globalisation, economic development and global inequality. Geography is an intellectually challenging subject that cultivates critical thinking and an appreciation of real world complexities. It is also practical, developing investigative skills through fieldwork.

The Course Structure

The exam specification covered is Exexcel.

Year 12 – First Year of A Level

Dynamic Landscapes

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Glaciated Landscapes and Change

Dynamic Places

  • Globalisation
  • Shaping Places including and optional topic
    • Diverse Places

 Year 13 – Second Year of A Level

Dynamic Landscapes

  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Insecurity

Dynamic Places

  • Superpowers
  • Global Development and Connections including Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

Assessment

 Paper 1 – Dynamic Landscapes

Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes, 30% of the qualification, 105 marks.

Paper 2 – Dynamic Places

Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes, 30% of the qualification, 105 marks.

Paper 3 – Geographical Issues

This exam paper is based around advanced information that will be based around core topics already studied. Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes, 20% of the qualification, 70 marks.

Coursework – Independent Investigation

This is a 3,000 – 4,000 word fieldwork investigation that students devise and complete during and following on from the residential in the Lake District. Non-examined assessment: 20% of the qualification, 70 marks.

The course requires students to participate in 4 days of fieldwork split between the physical and human elements of the course. This culminates in the students choosing their own hypothesis to investigate for the coursework element. Parents should be advised that the fieldwork will be undertaken in the Lake District. Owing to the fact that this is a 4 day residential, the cost will be approximately £200.

Potential Careers

  • Accountant/Finance Manager
  • Cartographer
  • Environmental Manager
  • Environmental Planner
  • Journalist
  • Marketing Manager
  • Urban and Transport Planner

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Geography A Level 6+ Geography