An introduction to Geography A-level

A brief overview from our A-level teachers.

What does it involve?

Geography complements many subjects and the A-level course will excite students’ minds, challenge perceptions and stimulate their investigative and analytical skills. Split into three components, the course sees students studying Physical Geography, including topics such as coastal systems and landscape hazards, Human Geography with topics such as population, the environment, global systems and governance and Fieldwork Investigation.

A-level Geography is a relevant subject dealing with vital contemporary issues such as climate change, geopolitical affairs, environmental degradation, social issues and natural hazards. In addition, A-level Geography helps students develop a wide range of very useful and marketable skills. Students develop both their literacy and numeracy and acquire a range of practical data collection and data manipulation skills.

How is it assessed?

Students are assessed through two written examination papers at the end of the course. Each paper is worth 40% of the final mark. There is also a coursework element which is an individual geographical fieldwork investigation. This consists of a 3,000-4,000 word study based on a question or issue relating to their studies.

Which skills or qualifications do I need?

Students will usually have achieved a Grade 6 in GCSE Geography in addition to good passes in English and Mathematics. However studying Geography at GCSE is not compulsory and students wishing to follow this pathway should talk to the Head of Faculty.

University or employment prospects?

Statistics show that Geography graduates are typically likely to be offered a job at the end of their degree course. The development of problem solving and critical thinking skills mean many career paths are on offer ranging from more obvious options such as a town planner, environmental consultant and landscape architect to careers in non-governmental organisations or in business.