Geography

A Level Geography will cover both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. It will also, importantly, show the applied side of the subject - how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. This is complex and dynamic and varies from place to place depending on individual resources, technology and culture.

Course Type

AS and A Level

Entry requirements

  • Grade B in GCSE Geography (if taken)
  • Level 6 in GCSE English Language
  • Level 5 in GCSE Mathematics

Course breakdown

In Year 12, you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Water and the carbon cycle
  • Climate and life on earth
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Coastal systems
  • Changing places
  • Connections to places
  • People and the environment

In Year 13, you will build on your first year of study, exploring more advanced topics including:

  • People and the environment
  • Storm Hazards
  • Urbanisation
  • Geographical skills

In addition, you will submit a 3000-4000 word fieldwork investigation as an opportunity to showcase the investigative, qualitative and quantitative skills that you will have developed over the course.

How will the course be assessed?

At the end of Year 12, you will be entered for the AS level in Geography. This will assess the content and skills covered in the first year of study.

  • Exam: Physical Geography and People and the Environment – 1.5 hours – 50% of AS level
  • Exam: Human Geography and the Fieldwork Investigation – 1.5 hours – 50% of AS level

At the end of Year 13, you will be entered for the A level in Geography. This will assess the content and skills covered in both years of study.

  • Exam: Water and Carbon cycles, Coasts and Hazards – 2.5 hours – 40% of A level
  • Exam: Global Systems, Changing Places and Population – 2.5 hours – 40% of A level
  • Coursework: Field Investigation – 20% of A level

Note that this is a reformed A level. This means that the grades obtained for the AS level do not contribute to the final A level grade.

Where can the course lead?

Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice, as it combines well with both arts and science subjects. You may already be thinking ahead to potential university and career choices so it is worth bearing in mind that geography is a broad based subject that really fits well for your future progression. 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.