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Geography A Level at The Judd School

Course description

Why choose to study Geography at Judd?

Students who choose to study Geography must be interested in finding out about different environments and current global issues. They will be expected to study the subject both inside and outside the classroom and should take an interest in the geography in the newspapers and on television.

The subject is studied through a variety of media; books, lectures, magazines, the internet and fieldwork. Students should be capable of working on their own and in groups and need to develop their own Geographical views based on sound knowledge and understanding.

During their studies, Geography students have the opportunity to acquire a wide range of skills, including communication, numeracy, graphicacy, problem solving and decision-making. The wide content of Geography enables it to be a suitable partner to both arts and science subjects at AS level. Thus it is equally comfortable being studied with Mathematics and Physics, as with English and History or Economics and French. The breadth of the subject together with the wide range of skills covered enable Geography students to enter a wide range of courses in Higher Education, such as planning, environmental science, geology, tourism, cartography and geophysics. Further courses in Geography still remain a popular option, however, amongst Judd students.

Fieldwork at Judd School

The A Level course will have a large emphasis on fieldwork and students need to learn through their own enquiries. All students must carry out a minimum of four days of fieldwork. A six-day residential field trip is organised at the end of the spring term (cost approximately £550) during which students are able to practise a variety of skills and fieldwork methods that relate to processes in both physical and human geography. All students have to carry out their own fieldwork investigation with a written report of 3000 – 4000 words and which accounts for 20% of the A level qualification.

Course content

Course details: Board and Specification Code:           Edexcel (9GEO)

What you will be learning (course outline):

The course involves the study a combination of physical and human geography topics. There is also the need for synoptic investigations where knowledge and understanding is drawn from the compulsory elements of the course to interpret information on geographical issues.

The course is divided up into a number of enquiry questions around geographical issues such as:

Why do some tectonic hazards develop into disasters?

Why are coastal landscapes different and what processes cause these differences?

What are the consequences of globalisation for global development and the physical environment and how should different players respond to its challenges?

How successfully are cultural and demographic issues managed?

How does water insecurity occur and why is it becoming such a global issue for the 21st century?

Physical Topics

Tectonic processes and hazards

Landscape systems, processes and change

The Water Cycle and water insecurity

The Carbon Cycle and energy insecurity

Human Topics


Shaping Places


Global development and Connections

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement is an A at GCSE Geography.  Students who have not taken the subject at GCSE must seek the permission of the Head of Geography (Mr N Southall) in order to opt in.


How it will be assessed:

Three written exam papers – physical, human and synoptic – each 2 hours and 15minutes long and an independent fieldwork investigation of 3000-4000 words.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Judd School directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Edexcel (9GEO)