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  • Two-year A Level course
  • AQA 7037
  • 3 units
  • 56 UCAS points at top level

A Level Geography can provide a springboard into degree level studies at university as well as qualifying students for positions within the retail industry, planning and management and education, particularly outdoor education.

The A Level geography course covers both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world.  It also importantly shows the applied side of the subject - how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. This is complex and dynamic and varies from place to place depending on people’s resources, technology and culture.

There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research which helps students become independent thinkers and learners by the time they get to their exams.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate their answers with case studies from local. national and international examples

In year 1, students develop and practice many of the geographical skills they will have learned at GCSE including map work, cartographic skills, statistical skills and fieldwork skills. Two topics are studied from physical geography including; water and carbon cycles and coastal systems and two topics from human geography including; contemporary urban environments and changing places. Students will begin to think about their independent fieldwork investigation and have collected their fieldwork data.  

In year 2, the themes of physical and human geography continue. Students will complete independent fieldwork investigation and study two further topics; global systems and governance and hazards.

Geography can be studied in its own right or as part of various study pathways.  Please click the relevant links below to find out more:

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