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A-Level Geography

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Develop your knowledge of locations, places, processes and environments locally and globally. You will learn about the complexity of people- environment interactions and understand some of the key issues facing the world today, such as climate change and migration. You will also develop quantitative and qualitative skills including observing, collecting and analysing geo-located data to apply to fieldwork and research. You will study:

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Landscape Systems (including the study of drylands, coastal or glacial landscapes)
  • Changing places and the connections between people, the economy, society and the environment.
  • Global systems
  • Global governance

This course is approximately 80% coursework and 20% exam.


What Does The Programme Include

You will develop your research skills by taking part in fieldwork. You will complete an individual field investigation as part of this course exploring your chosen topic. You will also be required to take part in a 4‑night field trip and a number of field visits to help with your research development. In class you will investigate case studies, explore the formation of and effects of glaciation. There will be practical activities to support your understanding of landscape formation as well as discussions about human geography, data gathering and investigation of social deprivation issues in the locality. There is also a course work requirement which you will begin work on at the end of year 1.

Entry Requirements

The standard requirements for A Levels is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/​C or above as a minimum for humanities subjects and 6/​B in maths for all science subjects.

Each A Level subject has its own additonal entry requirement, please see below:

Grade 5/​C in Science.

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths or English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

This is a linear subject which means it is examined externally entirely at the end of year two. There will be end of year exams in June of your first year which will determine your progress and whether you can enter the second year. During the two years of study, you will be regularly assessed under test conditions to practise being able to understand and respond to the questions asked in the correct time allocation so that you are fully prepared for the final exams. There is an assessment calendar for A levels which includes timed assessment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feedback gained from these assessments will help you to develop your skills, target your revision and where necessary enable us to provide additional support. 

Additional Information

You will have the opportunity to take part in a number of field trips throughout the year and will also be required to take part in a 4‑night field trip and a number of field visits. 

Potential Future Career

Example job roles in:

  • Teaching
  • Environmental Health
  • Water Management Officer
  • Town Planner
  • Conservation Officer

Studying further degrees in:

  • Environmental Planning
  • Business
  • Social Services
  • Teaching


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I achieved A*, A*, A and secured a place at The University of Nottingham to study Theoretical Physics and work towards my PHD.

Thomas Vincent



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