A Level


Why should I study this course?

Discover the world around you, develop your research skills and learn about the global issues affecting the environment in which we live.

Geography is recognised as a strong academic subject that fits well with a wide range of other A Levels from across the science and arts spectrum.

Studying Geography will develop your skills in constructing arguments and weighing up positions. It will also develop your oral and written communication skills and improve your ability to analyse. Most people study Geography because they have a genuine interest in the subject and the wider world.


STAFF BIO: Meet Geography teacher, Chris Buckley here.

What will I study?

Year One Units:

  • Coastal systems and Landscapes
  • Hazards
  • Contemporary Urban Environments

Year Two Units:

  • Water & Carbon Cycles
  • Changing Places
  • Global Systems and Governance
  • 3 - 4,000 word Geographical Investigation

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

Physical Geography: 2hr 30min exam, with multiple choice, short answer and extended prose questions. (40%)

Human Geography: 2hr 30min exam with multiple choice, short answer and extended prose questions. (40%)

Geographical Investigation written by the student. 3 - 4,000 words (20%)

What will the course prepare me for?

A Level Geography will allow you to progress on to a very wide range of degree course and gives you an excellent background for a career in the civil service, environmental management, meteorology, politics, hazard management and risk analysis, events management, town planning, estates management, geographical information systems, logistics, or travel.

Most universities and colleges of Higher Education offer degrees in Geography. These degree courses may focus on Human Geography or Physical Geography, or be a joint or combined course, which covers one or more other subjects as well.

Private study

To succeed in Geography you will need to spend approximately 4 hours a week in private study. This is in addition to your lesson time.

What materials will I need to provide?

Standard stationery items: a pen, a pencil a ruler, and a notepad. On this particular course you will also need A4 paper, coloured pencils, a lever arch file and an A4 wallet.

How will I be taught?

Geography requires discussion and debate, as well as the ability to analyse data. You will be taught to consider different points of view and how these positions can be backed up by factual evidence. In addition to classroom based lessons, you will undertake fieldwork to support your studies.

This course is for you if...

... you are looking for an A Level with an excellent reputation with universities and employers, where you can also discover the world around you. This course will also allow you to study a really broad range of topics, fitting well with many other A Levels. You may also be well suited to this course if you are happy with being assessed through examinations, rather than coursework.

Reasons to choose Geography:

  • Discover the world around you
  • Develop your research skills
  • Learn about global issues that are affecting the environment

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What are the course requirements?

Five 9 – 4 (A*- C) grades at GCSE including a GCSE grade 4 (C) in English Language and Mathematics. If you have studied GCSE Geography you should have achieved at least a grade 4 (C) in this subject.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you choose a course programme that best suits your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, however, the College may need to make some changes in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • The ability to communicate ideas in writing
  • You should be able to understand graphs, charts and maps
  • The ability to see that there is often more than one point of view
  • A keen interest in the subject