Geography A Level
Geography is the study of people and their relationship with their environment, the impacts each has on the other and the challenges of managing those impacts. You will take part in fieldwork, classroom discussions and internet research, and reflect on your own experiences: how will the changes to the planet affect you, and how are you influencing these changes?
You will begin by studying the Carbon Cycle and Energy Security - How do we ‘keep the lights on’ and avoid runaway climate change? We then move on to Globalisation – why is the world increasingly interconnected, how has this helped drive development, inequality and environmental degradation; how could we manage this better? The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity takes a similar approach to our work on Carbon, really focusing on how we manage this crucial resource sustainably. Shaping Places is our last topic of Year One and focuses on regeneration; why do some places in the UK need extra help and how might this ‘levelling-up’ be achieved? We finish the first year with coursework, a report on a topic of your choosing on an area of Geography that interests you, and you would like to develop further using data collected in the field.
In Year 2 we start with a study of Glaciated Landscapes – how do ice sheets and glaciers operate to produce distinctive landscapes? How are these landscapes being changed by both physical processes and human activities? This is followed by Superpowers; the study of the pattern of power across the world including analysis of how superpower dominance has changed over time and what this means for the global economy, global politics and the environment. Tectonic Processes and Hazards is our final Physical Geography topic, with an in-depth study of the causes of tectonic hazards and management responses. We finish the course pulling together aspects of Human Geography around the themes of Migration, Identity and Sovereignty- how have changes studied in Globalisation and Superpowers affected the ‘nation state’, their populations and the environment?
Year 1 Modules
- Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
- The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
- Shaping Places: Regeneration
Year 2 Modules
- Glaciated Landscapes
- Tectonic Processes and Hazards
- Migration, Identity and Sovereignty
Minimum Entry Requirements
- Five GCSEs at Grade 5 including GCSE English Language
- Grade 5 in GCSE Geography
- 80% Exam
- 20% Coursework
- Exam Board: Edexcel
Exam Results 2022: 37% A* - B
Average class size
Why choose this course?
You will enjoy this course if you want to gain a deeper understanding of how changes to the planet affect you and others across the world, how people and organisations are influencing these changes and what you, as an individual and a generation, can do to manage change for a sustainable and stable future. You should enjoy researching aspects of the world and using this knowledge to develop detailed essay-style work which explains, assesses or evaluates these issues.
Fieldwork is integral to this course. You will take part in at least four fieldwork days which will form the basis of your coursework. COVID-19 permitting, we also plan to run an optional residential field trip; in previous years, we have gone to contrasting places ranging from Barcelona to the Lake District, and we are currently researching the feasibility of a trip to Iceland. Other external visits and lectures have included the University of Cambridge Department of Geography, Scott Polar Research Institute and Cambridge City Council Planning Department, amongst others.
Skills you'll gain
There is roughly an equal balance of quantitative (numbers) and qualitative (opinions) methods and skills across your 2 years of study. You will develop these to explain and make judgements about why the world functions as it does and how geographical issues should be managed.
You will learn to write clearly-argued essays to justify your judgements. These are transferrable skills which are needed in most jobs.
After Long Road
Geographers develop many transferable skills appropriate to both higher education and employment.
Students have progressed to study a range of related subjects including:
- Town Planning
- Business and Environment
- Management and Marketing
- Architecture, Photography
- Crime Analysis
- Travel Agent
- Environmental Consultant
- Civil Engineering
The course is very relevant to current global problems, and I have become more aware of these and possible solutions to them. I now want to study Geography at university.