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What is Geography?

Geography is about the study of people and places. In A-Level Geography, you will look at how the human and physical worlds interact, how people affect their environment and how the environment affects them. Geography also develops your use of a range of transferable skills, including numeracy and statistics when manipulating data, and graphical and cartographic skills when displaying and interpreting data. The subject helps you to improve vital literacy skills when reading source material and communicating arguments through essay based responses.  This new A-level specification will allow you to engage with the idea of ‘place’ and help you interpret how different groups of people understand places from the local to the global.

What Will You Study?

This exciting brand new A-level Geography course is designed to combine both the human and physical aspects of each topic equally. You will study the following: Water and Carbon cycles; Hot desert Environments and their margins or Coastal systems and landscapes; Hazards or Ecosystems under stress or Cold environments; Global systems and global governance; Changing places; Contemporary urban environments or Population and the environment or Resource security. These will be examined using traditional written exam papers. You will also complete a 3,000-4,000 word written enquiry based on a geographical fieldwork investigation where you will have collected your own data in the field.

What Next?

As a successful A Level Geographer you will be able to follow any Geography or Earth, Environmental or Social Science degree course at university and Geography will support an application to almost any other degree area.  Geography A Level is also a highly valued qualification by employers from all sectors, from the civil service and public sector, to the military and scientific research, to travel and tourism and of course the growing Green economy and environmental sectors.

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Entry Requirements

At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade C (5) in English Language, GCSE Maths and a grade C in GCSE Geography (if studied).

Course Type

A Level


Exam: 80%

Coursework: 20%

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