Geography stimulates an interest in the world around us and gives young people a desire to explore. It reinforces knowledge of how places are interconnected and develops an understanding of current events while requiring students to make connections between natural, economic, social, political, and technological systems, and preparing them for the world of work. Geographers are highly employable because of their skills of analysis and synthesis. Geography helps students to develop their research skills and become independent thinkers and learners.
Geography is a broad-based subject and highly valued by universities as an A Level choice. It combines well with arts, science, and social science subjects. It is a facilitating subject and viewed favourably for entry to a variety of degree courses. The subject is linked to careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, and management of the effects of hazards and climate change. Careers in law, medicine, human rights, international relations, and welfare are all linked to Geography. It is also relevant for careers in the world of business and provides a clear understanding of global economics. Employers recognise the knowledge and skills that studying Geography can provide and welcome geographers into their organisations.
What will I learn?
Our A Level Geography course covers both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of the processes that shape our world. Students will learn about natural processes, human impact on the environment, and how humans adapt to life in different habitats.
During the course students will be encouraged to use higher-level thinking skills and develop a deeper understanding of the world around us. Fieldwork in Geography is an essential part of the A Level course. It encourages students to take responsibility for their learning and provides a chance for personal development.
Either GCSE or IGCSE Geography is a requirement.
There are three externally examined papers and one coursework component. All assessment must be completed in May/June in any single year.
Paper 1: (2 hours 15 minutes) 30% of the qualification
- Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
- Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
- 2B: Coastal landscapes and Change
- Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
- Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
Paper 2: (2 hours 15 minutes) 30% of the qualification
- Topic 3: Globalisation
- Topic 4: Shaping Places
- 4A: Regenerating Place
- Topic 7: Superpowers
- Topic 8: Global Development and Connections
- 8A: Health, Human Rights and Intervention
Paper 3: (2 hours 15 minutes) 20% of the qualification
A synoptic investigation based on a geographical issue linking the following themes:
- Attitudes and Actions
- Futures and Uncertainties
Coursework: Independent Investigation 20% of the qualification
The student will produce a written report of 3000-4000 words (internally assessed and externally moderated).
Examination board: Edexcel/Pearson