What Will I Study?

A Level Units:

Water and Carbon Cycles:

This section considers the importance of water cycles and carbon cycles, which drive our atmospheric and land-related processes. River and rainforest case studies and the concept of climate change will be explored. Coastal Systems and their Landscapes: You will look at the magnificent and dynamic nature of coastal systems, processes and landscapes, together with the strategies that are used to effectively manage them.


Focus will be on both tectonic and climatic hazards, their origin, nature and the way in which people respond to them.

Global Systems and Global Governance:

This section focuses on globalisation and the changing global patterns of transnational organisation growth, trade and technology, the resulting impacts and responses to reduce associated inequalities. There will also be reference to the threats to Antarctica, responses to these threats, and how Antarctica is governed.

Changing Places:

Key focuses include people's experience of places in relation to the lives that they lead, how places are represented and promoted, what contributes to the character of a place and the study of two contrasting places (including Grimsby) and their changing demographic and cultural character.

Contemporary Urban Environments:

You will consider the growth of mass urban areas, the related issues and strategies used in order to maintain a sustainable approach to urban management.

Geographical Investigation:

You will be required to complete a 4000 word independent investigation. This is a teacher-assessed piece of work worth 20% of the A Level. Fieldtrips and data collection will be conducted in groups but you will create your own study questions and produce your own work.

How Will I Be Assessed?

  • Physical Geography Examination - 2 hour 30 minute exam worth 40%
  • Human Geography Examination - 2 hour 30 minute exam worth 40%
  • Geographical Investigation - 4000 word submitted fieldwork investigation worth 20%

What Will I Need?

To have enthusiasm to develop new geographical ideas and skills, face new challenges and debate key points. You will be expected to work independently and as a team, as well as have the capacity to undertake research at a range of scales.

What Can This Subject Lead To/Prepare Me For?

Geography A Level can lead to a range of different employment opportunities, from studying further at Degree level to employment in Conservation, Coastal Management, Education, Digital Mapping, Finance, Information Technology, Management, Town Planning, Tourism, Transport, Surveying, Law, Police Force and many more.

Entry Requirements

At least a grade 6 in Geography and four other GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English.

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