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Do you want to know more about … …the complex interaction of processes that shape our world…how human intervention affects the environment…how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment?

The key questions above are complex and dynamic; answers vary from place to place depending on people’s resources, technology and culture. There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research which will help you become an independent thinker and learner. By the time you get to your exams, you will be able to show your understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate your answers with case studies from local, national and international examples.  

Courses Offered

A Level Geography (AQA)

Syllabus Breakdown

Your A level Geography course will cover both the physical and human environments. You will have the opportunity to specialise in your preferred area through your coursework.  

Physical geography

You will study  the following topics:

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards

2.5 hour exam worth 120 marks which forms 40% of the A-level

Human geography

You will have a choice of the following topics:

  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Population and the environment

2.5 hour exam worth 120 marks which forms 40% of the A-level

NEA (Non-examined assessment): Geography fieldwork investigation.

Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field.

3,000-4,000 words worth 60 marks which forms 20% of the A-level.

Minimum Entry Requirements

In addition to our general Sixth Form entry requirements of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, students will need to achieve at least a grade 5 in Geography at GCSE. 

Why Study Geography? 

Geography is unique as it bridges the Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. It embraces a diverse range of contemporary and challenging topics including global warming, world conflicts, poverty, globalisation and tectonic hazards. You may already be thinking ahead to potential university and career choices so it is worth bearing in mind that geography is a broad-based subject that really fits well for your future progression. It is accepted as a science or arts subject at A level for University entry, and has thus been chosen at times by students who subsequently read Medicine, Engineering, Economics and the Social Sciences. Nevertheless, many of our students choose to study Geography at university. Geography combines incredibly well with a wide range of other subjects, but popular combinations often include Statistics, Sciences and Economics.

Wider Opportunities

In Geography we encourage students to work collaboratively on presentations and critical analyses of issues and developments. The importance of topicality demands an interest in current affairs, as well as the need to express opinions. 

We greatly value fieldwork in the Sixth Form. All students will go on a compulsory trip within the UK for 4 days- previously we have visited Suffolk and the Lake District. Students will spend these 4 days completing their NEA. We also offer the opportunity to partake in an optional international trip (restrictions permitting). Our last trip saw students go to Sorrento in Italy to visit geographical attractions such as Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii – an outstanding opportunity to see the effects of tectonic activity first hand!

What Our Students Say

‘I chose Geography because it’s relevant, interesting and most of all, fun! The lessons are interactive and engaging.’ 

‘I chose Geography because I loved it at GCSE and enjoyed the variety of topics on offer. It gives me knowledge on many world affairs.’

What Can I Do Next? 

The wide skill set developed in Geography means that it lends itself to a wide range of professions apart from the more obvious ones such as town planning, environmental and infrastructure management. 

Geographers are numerate, literate, communicative and capable of making balanced judgements and writing cohesive reports. 

Geographers are sought after graduates by employers due to the range of skills developed. 

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