A Level Geography

Course Content

Unit 1 Physical Geography (40% of the qualification)

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards
  • Geographical skills

Unit 2 Human Geography (40% of the qualification)

  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Resource security
  • Geographical skills

Unit 3: Geography Fieldwork Investigation (20% of the qualification)

Students complete an individual investigation which includes data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student. The fieldwork takes place on a residential field trip to Norfolk.

How will students be assessed?

Unit 1 and Unit 2: written examination – 2 hours 30 minutes.

The examinations will include short open response and resource-linked questions and also extended writing questions worth up to 20 marks.

Unit 3 coursework: marked by the centre and externally moderated.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The department runs an annual four-day residential field trip to Norfolk in late June of Year 12 in order for students to collect fieldwork data for the independent coursework investigation. Students who enjoyed the GCSE field trip to Swanage will also enjoy the A-level field trip to Norfolk!

Additional information: Geography helps students develop a number of key skills highly valued by employers: undertaking research and analysis; report writing; decision-making; using ICT and using geographical information systems (GIS); teamwork on practical projects; investigating global issues. People who study Geography and related subjects at A Level or at university go onto many different types of career, for example chartered surveying, natural resource exploration, town and transport planning, land and water management, environmental consultancy, tourism, conservation, project management, housing and social welfare roles as well as the IT and financial sectors.