Geography


Geography Information Guide

Course Introduction

 If you are interested in finding out more about the world we live in then perhaps A Level Geography is for you. We look at many different issues at the global, regional and local scales and answer questions like:

“How can cities around the world be more sustainable?”

“How can the effects of hazards like earthquakes and volcanoes be reduced?”

 

Who is this course for?

Geography teaches you a range of skills that are useful in the outside world, such as writing skills, investigation skills, interpreting maps, making decisions, seeing other people’s points of view, dealing with numbers, analysing graphs and using IT.

Geography covers a broad range of issues about the environment and people – issues that will be even more important in the future.

Fieldwork is important in Geography and you will do four days of fieldwork as part of the course. This will include coursework, an individual investigation which contributes 20% to the overall A Level marks. Fieldwork will be carried out in the local area as well as further away, for instance in the Lake District.

You should preferably have 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Maths. You can study Geography without having studied it at GCSE, but should have

a strong background in your other GCSEs.

 

Progression

A qualification in Geography is valued by universities and employers across a very wide range of industries and professions and is considered a “facilitating subject” by the Russell group of universities.

Course Content

The Geography specifications are linear, meaning that all exams contributing to the A Level will be at the end of the second year.

The specifications include the following topics:

Component 1: Physical Geography

  1. a) Water and Carbon cycles
  2. b) Glacial systems and landscapes
  3. c) Hazards

Component 2: Human Geography

  1. a) Global systems and global governance
  2. b) Changing places
  3. c) Contemporary urban environments

Component 3: Geography fieldwork investigation Coursework

 

Assessment

Unit Type of Assessment

Physical Geography Written exam (2 hrs 30 mins)

Human Geography Written exam (2 hrs 30 mins)

Geography fieldwork investigation Coursework: marked internally and moderated externally.