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A Level Geography at Ark St Alban's Academy

Course description

Studying Geography helps explain much of what is going on in the world right now, from climate change and the Arab Spring, to globalisation and natural disasters. Geography helps us make sense of a complex and dynamic world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and the environment interact, and how diverse economies, societies and environments are interconnected. Geography builds on students’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales from personal to global.


Students will have the opportunity to carry out research through fieldwork. They will be able to use modern information technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS) and go on residential visits.


Geography encourages critical and spatial thinking. Students explore their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to others, the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. Students will investigate sustainable decision making strategies using maps, images and new technologies.

Course content

Year 12

Unit 1 - ‘Global Challenges’ - explores how the world is at risk from climate change.

Unit 2 - ‘Geographical Investigations’ - concentrates on fieldwork and data handling.

Year 13

Unit 3 - ‘Contested Planet’ - explores the world’s human and environmental issues.

Unit 4 - ‘Geographical Research’ - students explore the topic of ‘tectonic activity and hazards’

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths


B grade in GCSE Geography. An enquiring mind, interest in world affairs and a willingness to explore are important.




The A Level will be 60% exam and 40% practical. The exams in Year 13 will have pre-release materials.

Future opportunities

Further study: Earth and environmental sciences; biological sciences; politics and international studies; anthropology; chemical engineering; sociology; ecology; American studies; Arabic and Middle Eastern studies; African studies.


Careers: Geography A Level can lead to a geography degree, but it also supports application in the Sciences and the Arts, including Medicine. Geographers are fantastically employable and many opportunities exist including in the media, journalism, politics, management, law and finance.



We provide enrichment in the form of visits to Geographical Association hub schools which host guest speakers from universities. Our involvement in Duke of Edinburgh and fieldtrips also benefit our students in terms of developing their skills and widening their experiences.


You will work collaboratively and at times independently on research, fieldwork, presentation, written projects, lectures and tutorials. You are expected to read widely. Recommended reading includes journals in the library such as the Economist, Geography Review as well as daily news feeds on the internet.



How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September