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Geography GCE A Level (Edexcel) at Rugby High School

Course description

Geography is a diverse and exciting subject which allows students to explore and understand the key environmental, economic, social and political challenges we face in the modern world. Geography is a popular and very successful A level subject at Rugby High School. Approximately 50% of our students gain A*/A grades each year and a high proportion of our students continue the subject at degree level.  


Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice, the subject is unique in providing a bridge between the social and environmental sciences. As a facilitating subject, an A Level in Geography will keep more options open to you at university.

Course content

It is hoped that students will study the new Edexcel specification which covers a wide range of physical and human topics taught by subject specialists. However, until these specifications have been fully accredited the choice of specification, topics and exam structure may be subject to change. Below is an outline of the proposed Edexcel curriculum.



Entry requirements

Students who have gained an A* or A in GCSE Geography would be ideal candidates for this course. Students must have gained at least a B in GCSE Geography.         


Unit 1: Physical Geography 30% (Exam: 2 hours - short questions and extended writing)

A variety of topics will be covered including: Tectonic Processes and Hazards and The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security.

Unit 2 Human Geography 30% (Exam: 2 hours - short questions and extended writing)

A variety of topics will be covered including: Globalisation and Superpowers

Unit 3 Synoptic Investigation 20% (Exam: 1hour 45 minutes - short questions and extended writing)

The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that has been covered in Unit 1 and 2.

Unit 4 Coursework 20% (3000-4000 words, internally assessed and externally moderated)

Topic: Individually chosen by the student from a topic in either the human or physical content

There will be at least four days of fieldwork over the two year course.


Further information

 Ms Leah Wall, Head of Geography

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rugby High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks - 104 Weeks