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A Level: Geography at De Lisle College

Course description

The world we live in is changing. Geography allows you to see why and how it is changing. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team working, problem solving and environmental awareness.

You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that:

• Is relevant to the world you live in and to your future.

• Encourages you to discuss current affairs and issues.

• Focuses on global challenges such as climate change and inequality


The Geography course includes core content requiring students to study a balance of human and physical geography with an emphasis placed on field work studies. Students will also complete a teacher assessed investigative report accounting for 20% of the A level qualification. The Geography Department at De Lisle College teaches the Edexcel A level specification. The course includes 4 days compulsory fieldwork; this will include a combination of a day visit and a residential trip.

Course content

1. Physical Systems and Sustainability: Theme looking at the distribution and size of major water and carbon stores across the globe and the factors driving change. Climate is also considered as a context for exploring links between carbon and water cycles.

2. Dynamic Landscapes: Theme looking at the geomorphological processes within landscape systems and how landforms and landscapes evolve over time and during climate changes. Human activity is also considered as one factor causing change within landscape systems.

3. Dynamic Places: Theme looking at the economic, political, social and environmental interdependence of global systems including the unequal flows of people, money, ideas and technology and how global governance can promote stability, growth and development. Interactions between local, regional, national, international and global scales is investigated in detail.

4. Human Systems and Geopolitics: Investigating the local place within which students live and at least one other by contrasting the place, relationships and connections. Consideration is given to how external forces are reflected in the demographic, socioeconomic and cultures of people and places and how external agencies create places and shape the actions and behaviours of individuals, groups, businesses and institutions.

5. Geographical Skills: Applying and using a range of skills including:

• Qualitative/quantitative, primary/secondary, images, factual, text, discursive/creative material, digital, numerical and spatial data and innovative forms including crowd-sourced and ‘big data.

• Critical questioning of data sources, analytical methodologies, data reporting and presentation, identify sources of error in data and the misuse of data.

• Communicate, evaluate findings and draw well evidenced conclusions.

• Geospatial technologies (e.g. GIS) used to collect, analyse and present geographical data.

Entry requirements

To be accepted into De Lisle College Sixth Form students need to achieve 4 grade 4's and 2 grade 5's. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is recommended.

Additionally, this subject requires:

Minimum grade 5 in GCSE Geography or grade 5 in English & Maths GCSE.


For more information please visit the De Lisle Sixth Form curriculum website.

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Future opportunities

If you think you might be interested in a career in any of the following areas Geography would be a good option to consider:

Archaeology, Architecture, Armed forces (various specialisms within), Cartography, Conservation, Earth Science, Education, Ecology, Environmental Impacts, Land Use Planning, Leisure Management, Marketing, Recreational Resource Planning, Regional Planning, Tourism, Urban Planning and Water Resource Specialist ... to name a few.


Further information

The College holds an ‘Into the Sixth Form Evening’ in November, where prospective students can find out more about the course. Otherwise further information on this course can be obtained by contacting De Lisle.


Applications can be made online via the De Lisle Sixth Form website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Lisle College directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2018
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