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Geography A-Level

Entry requirements

6 or above in GCSE Geography, Maths and Biology

Who is it?

Geography A Level is ideal for students who want to engage critically with real world issues and places, apply their own geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to make sense of the world around them, and to help prepare them to succeed in their chosen pathway. It is a highly academic subject, therefore it is important that students who choose Geography are hardworking, resilient and have a passion for the subject.

Course Structure

  • The content of the course includes the following topics:
  • Dynamic Landscapes (Tectonic hazards and management, Coastal landscapes, change and management)
  • Dynamic Places (Globalization, Regeneration and diverse places)
  • Physical systems and sustainability (Hydrology, Carbon cycle, energy security)
  • Human systems and geopolitics (Health, human rights, migration and sovereignty)
  • An independent investigation – This section requires students to evidence a variety of geographical skills, showing a critical awareness of the appropriateness and limitations of different methods, skills and techniques.


Exam 1:

Written examination – 30% of A level

Exam 2:

Written examination – 30% of A level

Exam 3:

Written examination – 20% of A level Independent Investigation: non examination written report 3000-4000 words 20% of A level.

University Pathways

There are many courses that could be pursued after studying A level Geography. A few examples are:

  • Aberystwyth University – Geography and Economics
  • Univesity of Glasgow – Economic and Social Geography• St Andrews University – Sustainable Development
  • Loughborough University – Geography and Management• University of Liverpool – Geography and Oceanography
  • University of East Anglia (UEA) – Meteorology
  • University of Derby – International Relations and Diplomacy

Apprenticeship Pathways

Apprenticeship industries – Agriculture, Construction, Energy, Engineering, Hospitality or Travel.

Career Opportunities

Architecture, Meteorologist, Environmental Consultancy, Journalist, Surveying, Town Planning, Project Management, Cartography, GIS Management and Design, Overseas Development Work, Disaster Management, Aid worker.