A Level Geography Course Structure

We only offer full A-level, students will not be entered for AS exams.

Syllabus: Edexcel A Level Geography

A Level Geography

A Level Entry Requirements:

The  Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Geography consists of three externally-examined papers and one coursework component. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.

Paper 1

Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes
30% of the qualification 105 marks

Content overview

  • Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Topic 2: Coastal Landscapes and Change
  • Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Assessment overview

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions.
The examination also includes 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions. Calculators
may be used.

Paper 2

Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes
30% of the qualification 105 marks

Content overview

  • Topic 3: Globalisation
  • Topic 4: Diverse Places
  • Topic 7: Superpowers
  • Topic 8: Global Development and Connections

Assessment overview

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions.
The examination also includes 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions. Calculators
may be used.

Paper 3

Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes
20% of the qualification 70 marks

Content overview

The specification contains three synoptic themes within the compulsory content areas:

  • Players
  • Attitudes and actions
  • Futures and uncertainties.

The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based
context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the
compulsory content areas.

Assessment overview

This will be an externally-assessed written examination comprising of three sections. A resource booklet will contain information about the geographical issue.

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions.
The examination includes 8-mark, 18-mark and 24-mark extended writing questions.
Calculators may be used.

Coursework: Independent Investigation

Non-examined assessment
20% of the qualification
70 marks

Content overview

  • The student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content. The topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification
  • The student’s investigation will incorporate fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a group) and own research and/or secondary data
  • The fieldwork, which forms the focus and context of the individual investigation, maybe either human, physical or integrated physical-human
  • The investigation report will evidence independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of data findings and extended writing
  • Students will be expected to show evidence that they have used both quantitative and qualitative data to support their independent investigation as appropriate to the particular environment and/or location.

Assessment overview

  • The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • The student will produce a written report of 3000 – 4000 words.

Entry Requirements

To take A Level Geography we require 6 A*-C at GCSE one of which includes GCSE Geography (Minimum Grade C).