Geography


“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future” – Michael Palin

Geography is THE subject that helps you to understand the constantly changing world around you.  Geography helps you understand how people and societies relate to changes in the natural environment.  On this course, you will also learn how to evaluate attitudes to geographical and environmental issues.

We follow the 9GEO Edexcel course – as shown below, it is an exciting and contemporary, issues-based course.  This A-level encompasses a range of topics whilst still enabling participants to study the eight units in sufficient depth.

A-level Geography
Both physical and human aspects of Geography are taught:

Paper 1 (worth 30% of the course marks) – Students will be taught and examined on:

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Coastal Landscapes and Change
  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Climate Change Futures


Paper 2
(worth 30% of the course marks) – The content for Paper 2 will involve:

  • Globalisation
  • Diverse Places
  • Superpowers
  • Health, Human Rights and Intervention


Paper 3
 (worth 20% of the course marks) – This is a synoptic decision-making style paper with a resource booklet which will draw together many aspects of the A-level course.

Independent Investigation (worth 20% of the course marks) – In addition students will carry out an independent investigation.

Entry Requirements:
7 Higher Grades:

  • Ideally a Grade 5 (or above) for Maths
  • Grade 4 (or above) for English
  • Grade 4 (or above) for other GCSE subjects
  • 1 BTEC (or equivalent) at Merit or above may be included within the 7 grades


Trips
There is a requirement of the course to attend 4 days of fieldtrips.  This is compulsory for all students wishing to achieve an A-level Geography grade.  The Geography Department is running a trip to Iceland in March 2020, which involves a number of sixth form students, and trips abroad take place on a regular basis.

Further Information

Jim Hill
Subject Lead for Geography
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