Geography

Geography A-level has modules in physical and human geography. Students develop skills in mathematics, analysis and extended writing. Practical work within the specification is one of the attractions of geography and a minimum of 4 days is spent on fieldwork . 20% of the A Level consists of an Independent Investigation.

Geography is a highly valued facilitating A Level, greatly desired by Universities and businesses.

  • Course Outline
    • Three externally examined papers and one coursework component:

      Paper 1 ( 2 hours and 15 minutes: 105 marks: 30% of qualification )
      Tectonic Processes and Hazards
      Coastal Landscapes and Change
      The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
      The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

      Paper 2 ( 2 hours and 15 minutes: 105 marks: 30% of qualification )
      Regenerating Places
      Globalisation
      Health, Human Rights and Intervention
      Superpowers

      Paper 3 ( 2 hours and 15 minutes : 70 marks: 20% of qualification)
      Synoptic investigation based on three compulsory areas:
      Players
      Attitudes and actions
      Futures and uncertainties
      Questions may relate to any of the four core topics

      Coursework: Independent Investigation ( non- examined assessment : 70 marks: 20 % of qualification)
      Written report of 3,000-4,000 words on any topic relating to the compulsory or optional specification content

  • Career opportunities and further study
    • Geography is currently the second most employable degree and lends itself to any career that requires candidates to be versatile and have broad range of skills.

      Possible career routes include –

      • CEO
      • Pilot
      • Teacher
      • Town Planning
      • Hazard management
      • Accountancy
      • Flood management
      • Environmental management
      • Local government
      • Event management
      • Development/Charity work
      • Quantity surveyor
  • Trips and Events
    • Four days compulsory fieldwork
      Trips to Universities and Museums
      Lectures from local Geographical Association

  • Useful Links

Geography is one of those richly comprehensive subjects, whose relevance is all around us.. More than ever we need the geographer's skills and foresight to help us learn about our planet - how we use it and how we abuse it.
Michael Palin

Entry Requirements

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2018 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

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