A-level Geography

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Global issues of natural hazards, population growth and migration, economic change and climate will be explored in this subject. You will analyse the interactions between people and their environments, through topics such as the rebranding of rural and urban areas as well as river flooding. This subject gives you the opportunity to develop your research skills based on fieldwork investigations locally.

Course type


Course length

A-level: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language (grade 9-5). It is recommended that you have a grade B in Geography.

What will I study?

The AS-level course will focus on:

  • Physical Geography: Coastal systems and landscapes and hazards
  • Human Geography: Changing places - comparing the local area with a contrasting distant place
  • fieldwork investigation

The second year of the course, leading to A-level will focus on:

  • Physical Geography: water and carbon cycles
  • Human Geography: global systems and global governance, and the economic, political and social changes associated with globalization, and contemporary urban environments
  • A Geography fieldwork investigation.

Method of assessment

In the first, AS year, you will be assessed by two written exams; the second will include some fieldwork questions. In the second, A-level year, you will be assessed by two written exams and a 3,000 word written fieldwork investigation report.

What will I be able to progress to?

The wide range of skills and the understanding of the modern world, gained through the study of this facilitating subject, will prepare geographers for entry into a variety of careers and degrees. These include Planning, Environmental Work, Media, Leisure and Tourism, Public Services, Business and Management.

Other information

Students will be required to contribute a small fee towards fieldwork trips.