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Geography is a course for people who have an interest in the natural world and are seeking to stretch their abilities through the application of research and academic knowledge. Students with a scientific or mathematical mind may enjoy studying Geography. Geography offers the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom with the course including field work. Self-motivation and a willingness to develop organisational skills are also essential as tasks involve group and independent work. Geography ranks third among academic disciplines for graduate employability. The intellectual, analytical and technical skills developed through studying Geography are highly sought after by employers and can be used in a wide range of careers such as: seismologist, geophysicist, oceanographer, climatologist, geophysical engineer, researcher, volcanologist, hydrologist, planner and surveyor, demographer, conservationist and environmental scientist.


Course Structure

Units of study allow students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physical and human geography around us.

1.            Tectonic Processes and Hazards.

2.            Coastal Landscapes and Change.

3.            Globalisation.

4.            Regenerating Places.

5.            The Water Cycle and Water Security.

6.            The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security.

7.            Superpowers.

8.            Global Development and Connections.

Units of study are externally examined at the end of the A level. These exam papers will assess students on their understanding of synoptic themes and core geographical concepts. There is also a synoptic assessment which examines students on their ability to draw synoptically on their knowledge and understanding from content of the A level course. Students will undertake an independent investigation, based on four days of field work and research, to produce a written report. This is internally assessed and externally moderated.


Extended Learning

Students are expected to keep up-to-date with Geographical issues. Students will be set a variety of extended learning building on their class work, carrying out further research/reading, and practicing their exam technique.


Examining Body




Entry Criteria


Ideally grade 4 GCSE Geography


Course Leader


Mrs D Harrod