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A Level: Geography

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What will you be working towards?

Code 60184176
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


If you are enjoying GCSE Geography then you will like A-level. Some of the topics will be the same as GCSE but will be covered in more detail at A-level and some, particularly in year 13, will be new to you. You should also be interested in environmental issues and current affairs.


UNIT 1 Physical Geography: In year 12 this topic involves the study of tectonic processes and tectonic hazards followed by coastal landscapes and how they are changing. In year 13 we will be studying water conflicts, the carbon cycle, climate change and energy security.

This will be assessed by an exam counting for 30% of the A-level.

UNIT 2 Human Geography: In year 12 we will be studying globalisation and urban regeneration. In Year 13 the topics include superpowers, migration, identity and sovereignty.

This will also be assessed by an exam counting for 30% of the A-level.

UNIT 3 Synoptic Geography: This is not a topic to be taught separately but is an exam which draws together content and themes from the whole course by looking at one particular geographical issue based in a specific geographical location. The exam is a more detailed version of the SDME you did at GCSE.

This is assessed by an exam counting for 20% of the A-level.

UNIT 4 Independent Investigation: This is coursework. Students will choose a local geographical issue to study. You will need to design and undertake a fieldwork programme. This will involve collecting primary data and doing secondary research to answer your title. It is similar to your GCSE controlled assessment except that you will choose your own title and work independently with supervision and advice from your teacher. A completed investigation will be 3000 - 4000 words with supporting maps, graphs and diagrams. The completed investigation will count for 20% of the A-level.

How will it be delivered?

Students have to complete four modules. There are 3 examination papers of approximately 2 hours in length. There is also a piece of coursework of 3000-4000 words. This is an individual investigation of a local geographical issue based on primary and s

Entry requirements

Six grade 5s (or equivalent), including at least grade 5 in Maths and English Language or Literature.

5 in the relevant subject if taken.


Your next steps...

Geography is a good background for a degree course in many different subjects, which besides Geography could include:

Anthropology, archaeology, architecture, cartography, conservation, development studies, ecology, economic history, economics, environmental management, estate management, forestry, geology, geochemistry, health studies, housing, international relations, journalism, landscape architecture, local government administration, oceanography, politics, population studies, publishing, surveying, town and country planning, transport, travel, tourism and urban studies.


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