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A Level, Level 3


Geography relates to the world around us, it is topical, it is exciting and you are always actively involved in learning, either in the classroom or on field trips.

Geography is suitable for anyone who has an interest in the study of the earth’s landscapes, people, places and environments. It informs us about the places and communities in which we live and work, our natural environments and the pressures they face, the interconnectedness of the world and our communities within it and how and why the world is changing.

Year 1 of the course consists of 4 main areas:

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards – a study of the causes of tectonic hazards, the impact of tectonic activity on people, and responses.
  • Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – an integrated study of processes, landforms and landscapes.
  • Globalisation – causes and consequences for different people and places.
  • Shaping Places: Regenerating Places – the meanings and identities attached to different places.

Year 2 of the course comprises of:

  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity – human and natural factors that impact on water cycling, consequences for water security and future conflicts.
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security – human and natural factors, the consequences for ecosystems and management strategies.
  • Superpowers – the reasons for shifting economic and political power, the impacts of superpowers and their influence in governing the global commons.
  • Health and Human Rights – consideration of variations in levels of human development and the interventions used to support the promotion of Human Rights.

Many of our students progress onto a university degree. Alongside a Geography qualification, some universities require one of the following A Level subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. Other subjects that are useful for university applications to study geography are A Level English Literature, History or Business Studies.

Potential Careers

  • Town Planner
  • Tourist Officer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Landscape Architect
  • Commercial Surveyor

5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 including English Language and Maths


Grade 5 in Maths and Science

80% Exam, 20% Coursework

Where can it lead?