Course Details

Qualification: Geography Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Maths and English Language, as well as Geography at grade B or above. However, due to the new GCSE grading, we do recommend that you are working towards at least a grade 5 in both Maths and English Language. Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years

Geography is a subject that examines contemporary issues facing the world as a whole and individuals on a local scale.

This A Level programme uses recent examples of natural hazards and cutting edge knowledge of complex global systems such as climate change, allowing us to improve our understanding of the natural world. Students will also research a range of impacts due to the world becoming more globalised, from diverse sources and first hand experience. Fieldwork and research are an extremely important part of the geographical inquiry process. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 4 days guided fieldwork and various research tasks throughout the programme culminating in their own research paper in the second year.


Paper 1:
Tectonic Processes and Hazards
Landscape Systems, Processes and Change (including optional sub-topic coastal Landscapes and Change)
The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Paper 2:
Shaping Places (including optional sub-topic Regenerating Places)
Global Development and Connections (including optional sub-topic Health, Human Rights and Intervention)

Paper 3:
The are three synoptic themes as follows;
Attitudes and actions
Futures and uncertainties

Paper 4:
You will define a question or issue to form an investigation, the topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification.

Paper 1 assesses the physical topics
Exam: 2 hours 15 mins
0% of qualification

Paper 2 assesses the human geography topics
Exam: 2 hours 15 minutes
30% of qualification

Paper 3 synoptic paper
Exam: 2 hours 15 minutes
20% of qualification

Paper 4 independent investigation (based on research and fieldwork)
20% of qualification

You will be given many opportunities to attend specialist trips and visits which will enhance your learning of these subjects. For example, Geography students might visit Snowdonia or the Lake District, and towns such as Morecambe and Blackpool to assess urban settlements and regeneration. There may also be an opportunity to attend an international trip as part of the course.

Students will have access to a range of online sources and GIS information such as mapping programmes and cutting edge technology such as seismometers. Students will also have access to labs and specimens to better understand the world around them.


A scientific calculator will be required. You will be advised on suitable outdoor clothing for trips and visits as they occur.

Geography is a facilitating subject for Russell group universities and former students have gone on to study programmes at many of these including the University of Leeds and The University of Manchester. The UK government has estimated that the UK will be short of 10,000 Earth Science specialists by 2030, meaning there has never been a better time to study Geography.

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