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A Level: Geography

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Studying Geography will give you the opportunity to travel the world via the classroom, learning about both natural and social sciences along the way. The latest Geography specification is designed to excite your mind, challenge your perceptions, and stimulate your investigative and analytical skills.


A combination of physical and human geography units along with a minimum of two or four days of fieldwork.

Year 1:

  • Coasts
  • Hazards (both Coasts and Hazards are assessed in the same 90-minute exam, worth 50% of the AS qualification)
  • Global systems (assessed in a 90-minute exam, worth 50% of the AS qualification)
  • Two days of fieldwork

Year 2

  • Water and Carbon Cycles (plus Coasts and Hazards) (assessed in a 150-minute exam, worth 40% of the full A Level)
  • Changing Places and Resource Security (plus Global Systems) (assessed in a 150-minute exam, worth 40% of the full A Level)
  • Investigation (3,000 words, worth 20% of the full A Level)

Assessment objectives

You will be assessed on your ability to

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of places, environments, concepts,processes, interactions, and change, at a variety of scales (30–40%)
  • apply knowledge and understanding in different contexts to interpret, analyse, and evaluate geographical information and issues (30–40%)
  • use a variety of relevant quantitative, qualitative, and fieldwork skills to investigate geographical questions and issues, interpret, analyse, and evaluate data and evidence, as well as construct arguments and draw conclusions (20–30%)

Entry requirements

  • At least a grade 5 GCSE in Geography and science subject
  • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Your next steps...

Students who study on a Geography pathway are highly employable. They gain transferable skills including numeracy, literacy & team work. People who study Geography have to learn to think analytically and critically, have cultural agility; are socially and environmentally aware; and are creative.

In their studies Geography students build on their ability to integrate ideas effectively, problem solve, and develop computer literacy skills to a high standard. 

Geography graduates are - according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency's 'Destination of Leavers from Higher Education' survey - less likely to be unemployed after their degree course than those studying almost any other subject.


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