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Farlingaye High School


Geography 2




Qualification type:

A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades):

5 in English or 5 in Geography


Subject description:

A level Geography encourages learners to develop a range of essential skills for the world of work and higher education, relevant to 21st century citizens. Through exciting topics, learners will understand the nature of physical and human geography while unpicking the debates surrounding contemporary challenges facing the world today.  The course also provides amazing opportunities for fieldwork at home and abroad, where students can gain vital skills and life experience.  We are organising a trip to the Bay of Naples for February 2024, focusing on Coasts.


Units studied:

Unit 1 - Physical Systems: including landscape systems and Earth’s life support systems, focusing on the water and carbon cycle.

Unit 2 - Human interactions: including changing spaces, making places and global connections, investigating units on Global Migration and Power and Borders.

Unit 3 - Geographical Debates: including the investigation of two of the following topics:  Climate Change,  Hazardous Earth.

Unit 4 - Investigative Geography:including an independent geographical investigation, based on individual choice of topic from any aspect on the specification.


How the course is assessed:

  • Physical Systems (01), 66 marks in a 1 hr 30 min written paper worth 22% of the total A Level.
  • Human Interactions (02), 66 marks in a 1 hr 30 min written paper worth 22% of the total A Level.
  • Geographical Debates (03), with 108 marks in a 2 hr 30 min written paper worth 36% of the total A Level.
  • Investigative Geography (04/05), 60 marks through a 3,000-4,000 word non-examined independent geographical investigation worth 20% of the total A Level.


Post-18 opportunities:

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