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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.

What Will You Study?

The 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, Coastal Systems and Landscapes, Hazards (tectonic, tropical storm and wildfire hazards), Global Systems and Global Governance, and Changing Places and Population. 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 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in GCSE English Language, GCSE Maths and GCSE Geography (if studied).

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

History, Politics, English Language, English Literature, Sciences, Maths and Economics.

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