Geography A Level

Course Overview – Why study Geography?

Geography is literally all around us and is in the news on a daily basis. It explains how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact. In addition, it gives people a better appreciation of the complex and dynamically changing world in which over 7 billion people live.

Course Structure

Students follow a traditional course that mixes the study of the physical world with that of human geography. Case studies and examples are incorporated throughout, and fieldtrips enhance the pupil’s understanding of the subject. We follow the CIE syllabus and a thorough grounding in both physical and human geography is provided.

There is no coursework and all assessment takes the form of four individual papers that pupils will sit in their final year at school.

Examination Board

CIE (Cambridge International Examinations)

Form of Assessment

Two units will be covered in Y12. One studies physical environments, including rocks, weathering, atmosphere, climate, hydrology and fluvial geomorphology. The second is based upon human topics, such as migration, settlement dynamics and population.

In Y13 there are two units of study: coastal and hazardous environments will be studied in the physical paper. In the human paper, topics include global interdependence and environmental management. There is no coursework, although fieldwork is essential and students will be assessed upon their skills in geographical research.

Entry Guidelines

Grade 4 or above in GCSE Geography

Where it leads

A Level Geography is a popular course which can be taken equally well in combination with Arts or Science subjects. At university it can be taken as either a BA or a BSc and it provides an excellent stepping stone for a wide variety of careers including, planning, management, economic development, tourism and environmental consultancy. In recent years a number of pupils have gone onto study geography at university and other related courses such as geology, environmental science, oceanography, rural land management and international development.