Qualification type: A Level
Entry criteria (GCSE grades)
Geography B or 4 in English Language or Maths or B in Science
A Level Geography encourages learners to develop a range of essential skills for Higher Education and the world of work through content which is relevant to any citizen of the planet in the 21st century. Through exciting topics learners will understand the nature of physical and human geography while unpicking the debates surrounding contemporary challenges facing the world today.
Physical Systems: including landscape systems and Earth’s life support systems.
Human interactions: including changing spaces, making places and global connections.
Geographical Debates: including the investigation of two of the following topics: climate change, disease dilemmas, exploring oceans, future of food, hazardous Earth.
Investigative Geography: including an independent geographical investigation.
How the course is assessed
Physical Systems (01), 72 marks in a 105-minute written paper worth 24% of the total A Level.
Human Interactions (02), 72 marks in a 105-minute written paper worth 24% of the total A Level.
Geographical Debates (03)*, with 96 marks in a two-hour 30-minute written paper worth 32% of the total A Level.
Investigative Geography (04/05), a 3,000-4,000 word independent geographical investigation worth 20% of the total A Level.
A Level Geography is a strong subject when applying for university courses. Geographers find employment in a wide selection of careers in fields that require strong personal study skills such as financial, land and retail management, leisure and tourism, teaching, armed forces, civil service, planning, sales and social services. The wide variety of relevant topics studied, the independent thinking it engenders and the range of skills encouraged by this course are recognised by universities and employers alike.
Teacher responsible: Mr N Webb