A-Level Geography

Did You Know?

The driest place on earth is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island. There has been no rainfall there for two million years.

Key Information


Two Year Course

Examination Board




Paper 1: Assessment of Dynamic Landscapes and Physical Systems and Sustainability (30%)
Paper 2: Assessment of Dynamic Landscapes and Human Systems and Geopolitics (30%)
Paper 3: Synoptic investigation of a contemporary geographical issue (20%)
Coursework: A-level Independent Investigation (20%)

What do I need to study this course?

Grade 4 or above in GCSE English, Maths and Geography.

What will I study?

Many of the world’s current issues link to geography. Challenges include global warming, energy and water security, and geopolitics in an increasingly connected world. The skills developed on this course include problem solving, critical thinking, numeracy and literacy. An independent investigation is a course requirement. Year 1 Physical – Tectonic Hazards & Coastal Landscapes. Human – Globalisation & Diverse places. Year 2 Physical – Water and Energy Insecurity, Human – Superpowers and Health and Human Rights.

What next?

Geography uses a wide range of transferable skills and its students are highly employable. Geography can be studied at degree level, or combined with a wide variety of subjects such as business. As a flexible subject, it is also recognised by the Russell Group universities, as one of the key ‘facilitating’ subjects.

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