At least 5 GCSEs graded 9-5 including English and Maths at a grade 4 or above. A 4 or above in sciences is preferred as this will enable you to manage the demands of the course due to the significant scientific content.
Why Should You Take This Course?
“The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.” Barack Obama.
Students studying Geography at A Level will learn many skills including how to interpret graphs, read maps and analyse complex data. Topics include:
How will I be assessed?
Assessment at A Level comprises a range of styles including short answer and extended writing (maximum 20 marks). Students will be examined in two exams (80%) and a geographical investigation (20%). Fieldwork is an essential part of the course with four days in the field. This is a compulsory part of this two-year programme.
Are there any special expenses?
There will be a cost for fieldwork in both years. There may also be a residential visit during the course. It is essential to have appropriate clothing and footwear for all trips.
What could I do next?
Geography A level is highly valued by universities, due to the range of skills you acquire during the course, as well as the broad subject knowledge. The Russell Group report published in 2011 names geography as one of the eight facilitating subjects. Students go on to study subjects including Geography, International Development, Environmental Science, Geology, Civil Engineering and Social Work. Geography at A Level combines well with a range of subjects including Economics, Business, Sociology, Maths and the Sciences. Geography students are considered amongst the most employable graduates with very low rates of unemployment.
If you wish to apply for 2023-24 academic year, please complete the online application form.