Why this course?

There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It’s hands on, relevant, and fun. Whatever your passion for the world – fascination with landscapes or concerns about sustainability – geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally.

Course Content

  • Dynamic Landscapes
    Section A: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
    Section B: Coastal Landscapes and Change
    Section C: Water Cycle and Water Insecurity; Carbon Cycle and Energy Security 
  • Dynamic Places
    Section A: Globalisation and Superpowers
    Section B: Regenerating Places and Diverse Places
    Section C: Health, Human Rights and Intervention or Migration, Identity and Sovereignty
  • Geographical issue within place-based context
    Geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas. 
  • Non-examination assessment
    Project 3000-4000 words based on any content from any unit, usually Coasts or Regenerating/Diverse Places

How will I be assessed?

You will sit three two hour written exams – each exam will be worth a third of the A-level.  The papers will feature a range of question styles.

Paper 1
Dynamic Landscapes – 2hr 15min (30%)

Paper 2
Dynamic Places – 2hr 15min (30%)

Paper 3
Geographical issue within place-based context – 2hr 15min (20%)

Non-examination assessment
3000-4000 word coursework (20%)

Student Profile

Strong critical thinking, data analysis, and communication skills needed to interpret maps, charts, theories, and case studies. Interest in current events is helpful to connect physical, social, political, and economic factors. Ability to think spatially and recognise geographic patterns and relationships essential.

Complimentary Subjects

  • History
  • Sociology
  • English literature
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Mathematics

What could I do next?

A few of the degree courses that could be completed are:

Archaeology Earth Sciences Economics Geography Geology International Relations International Development Leisure and Tourism Oceanography Politics

to name a few!

Popular careers for people with geography qualifications include surveying, conservation, sustainability, town or transport planning, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism, and weather forecasting. The army, government, research organisations, law and business world also recognise the practical research skills that geographers develop. Also, because geographers learn about human and population development, geography can be useful for jobs in charity and international relations too.