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Geography A Level at Devonport High School for Boys

Course description

This new Geography specification has been designed to excite your mind, challenge perceptions and stimulate investigative and analytical skills. The content of the course follows on from our GCSE work and develops some new areas of geographical study. The course requires high levels of effort and motivation throughout. The work looks at issues of topical relevance based on the interaction and impact of people on their environment from a local to global scale. Geography can be studied at A level with most subjects and is a good link subject between the arts and the sciences.

Course content

A Level Geography consists of four elements:

Paper 1 9GE0/01 has a written examination of 2 hours and 15 minutes and is 30% of the qualification:
- Tectonic Processes and Hazards
- Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – including Coastal Landscapes and Change
- The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
- The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security.

Paper 2 9GE0/02 has a written examination of 2 hours and 15 minutes and is 30% of the qualification:
- Globalisation
- Shaping Places – Regenerating Places or Diverse Places
- Superpowers
- Global Development and Connections –Health, Human Rights and Intervention or Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.

Paper 3 9GE0/03 has a written examination of 2 hours and 15 minutes and is 20% of the qualification. The specification contains three synoptic themes within the compulsory content areas:
- Players
- Attitudes and actions
- Futures and uncertainties.

The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.

Coursework: Independent Investigation 9GE0/04. This is a non-examined assessment and is 20% of the qualification:
- The student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content. The topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification
- The student’s investigation will incorporate fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a group) and own research and/or secondary data.

The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated. The student will produce a written report of 3000–4000 words.

Entry requirements

Minimum of B grade in Geography at GCSE

There is a fieldwork element to this course. A parental contribution will be asked for to allow the Geography Department to plan an engaging residential fieldwork experience.


The planning and delivery of A level Geography is shared by members of the department. In addition to formal teaching, students will be prepared in the techniques and methodology required for geographical skills, fieldwork and their investigation. Lessons will have a mix of teaching styles including independent and collaborative work with access to ICT. Geography students gain core skills including the use of a variety of maps, diagrams and images. Specific cartographic skills, graphical skills, statistical and ICT skills are also developed. Literacy is a key area which is developed through the use of factual texts including journals and text books.

Future opportunities

Geography has one of the highest rates of graduate employability, as well as being highly valued by employers worldwide.

Students who have completed A level Geography have gone on to careers in Advertising, Architecture, the Armed Services, Aviation, Cartography, Conservation, Energy, Industry, Finance, Government, Journalism, Law, Marketing, Planning, Sales, Teaching and Transport.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 May 2017

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