Geography A Level helps students to develop a range of skills including: knowledge of locations, places, processes and environments; an in-depth understanding of the selected core and non-core processes in physical and human geography; to recognise and be able to analyse the complexity of people–environment interactions at all geographical scales; understanding the ways in which values, attitudes and circumstances have an impact on the relationships between people, place and environment; becoming confident and competent in selecting, using and evaluating a range of quantitative and qualitative skills and approaches, (including observing, collecting and analysing geolocated data).
In studying this course, you will explore the dynamics of both human and physical geography and how they interact over space and time. In physical geography, you will study the key processes that drive our atmospheric and land-related systems of water and carbon, and consequent changes to our rainforests, rivers and climates. You will also examine the dynamic nature of coastal systems, processes and landscapes and strategies to manage these. Finally, you will look at tectonic and climatic hazards, the origin and nature of these events, and how people respond to them. In human geography, you will study the growth of key urban areas and environmental challenges posed to ensure cities are as sustainable as possible. There is a focus on changing places and how people’s experiences shape their lives, behaviours and consequent geographies, including character of place and social, economic and demographic change. Finally, you will explore the broad dynamics of globalisation, with a particular focus on the impacts and responses to inequalities.
You will sit three 2 hour examinations at the end of your two years of study. In addition, you will undertake your own independent investigation, based on one of your fieldtrips:
Paper 1 - Physical Geography - 2 hour 30-minute exam worth 40% of the total A Level
Paper 2 - Human Geography - 2 hour 30-minute exam worth 40% of the total A Level
Geographical Investigation – a 4000 word submitted fieldwork investigation worth 20% of the total A Level
GCSE Level 6 in Geography
Sixth Form entry also requires:
• GCSE Level 5 in English and Mathematics
• Four other GCSE’s at Level 5
Geography is well-regarded by both employers and universities, and degrees in geography tend to specialise in human (BA) or physical (BSc) geography. Other degrees, such as Town and Country, Planning or Marine Biology, also have strong connections with Geography. The skills associated with this subject also provide strong foundations for many other careers, including conservation, coastal management, education, management, tourism, transport, and many more.