A Level Geography

Specification

Awarding body – Edexcel (9GEO1)

Paper 1 – Dynamic Landscapes, Physical Systems and Sustainability (30% of A Level)

Tectonic Processes and Hazards

Coastal landscapes

Water Cycle and Water Insecurity.

Carbon Cycle and Energy Insecurity:

Superpowers

Paper 2 – Dynamic Places, Human Systems and Geopolitics (30% of A Level)

Globalisation

Superpowers

Diverse Places

Health, human rights and intervention

Paper 3 – Synoptic Investigation of a geographical issue (20% of A Level)

A full copy of the specification can be viewed here https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/geography-2016.html

Fieldwork

This is an essential and integral part of A Level Geography. A residential 5 day field trip will be run during September of year 13.  We stay at Castle Head Field Study Centre in Grange-over-Sands. This enables you to collect your data for your coursework.

https://www.field-studies-council.org/locations/castlehead/

Assessment

Geography is assessed in the final summer through two exams.  There is also an independent investigation (coursework) which will be completed in the second year.  This is worth 20% of the A level.

The examined units are split into physical geography, human geography components and a synoptic Investigation of a geographical issue. Each exam will contain a variety of tasks ranging from shorted answer questions to structured essays.  The exams will test your knowledge and understanding, application and skills.

Entry Requirements

Students must have taken Geography at GCSE and achieved at least a grade 5; Mathematics at grade 5 or above is also required for this subject.

Higher Education/Career Opportunities

Geographers use their skills and knowledge in a wide variety of careers including:

  • Financial service
  • Marketing and Retailing
  • Management
  • Personnel
  • Computing
  • Information Services
  • Conservation
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Water Companies
  • Planning
  • Heritage Management
  • The Media
  • Public Services
  • Research
  • Teaching

Graduates of Geography enjoy high levels of employment.  The subject is highly valued by employers for its knowledge base and integration of key skills.  See:-