A Level Geography

Course Content

Paper 1 (30% of the qualification)

  • Tectonic processes and hazards
  • Coastal landscapes and change
  • The water cycle and water insecurity
  • The carbon cycle and energy security
  • Climate change futures

Paper 2 (30% of the qualification)

  • Globalisation
  • Regenerating places
  • Superpowers
  • Global development and connections
  • Migration, identity and sovereignty

Paper 3 (20% of the qualification)

The specification contains three synoptic themes: Players; Attitudes and Actions; Futures and Uncertainties. This paper is a synoptic investigation based on a geographical issue that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas above. A resource booklet will contain information about the geographical issue.

Coursework: Independent Investigation (20% of the qualification)

A coursework project based on four days of fieldwork relating to one of the areas of study above. The project is a non-examined assessment and is marked by the centre and externally moderated.

How will students be assessed?

Paper 1 and Paper 2: written examination – 2 hours.
Paper 3: written examination – 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The examinations will include short open response and resource-linked questions and also extended writing questions worth up to 18 marks.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The department intends to run a four-day field trip in the summer term of Year 12 in order for students to collect fieldwork data for the independent coursework investigation. For several years, the department has been running successful A-level fieldwork trips studying the North Norfolk coastline. The department intends to continue this tradition for the new A-level specification with a three-night residential field trip in the summer term of 2017. Students who enjoyed the GCSE field trip to Swanage will also enjoy the planned A-level field trip to Norfolk!

Additional information: Geography helps students develop a number of key skills highly valued by employers: undertaking research and analysis; report writing; decision-making; using ICT and using geographical information systems (GIS); teamwork on practical projects; investigating global issues. People who study Geography and related subjects at A-level or at University go onto many different types of career, for example chartered surveying, natural resource exploration, town and transport planning, land and water management, environmental consultancy, tourism, conservation, project management, housing and social welfare roles as well as the IT and financial sectors.