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Geography AS/ALevel (Edexcel) at Benton Park School

Course description

Student’s work will separate into three distinct areas.

Physical Geography

This will include work on; water and carbon cycles; hot desert environments and their margins; coastal systems and landscapes; hazards; ecosystems under stress and cold environments.

Human Geography

This will include work on; global systems and global governance; changing places; contemporary urban environments; population and the environment and resource security.

Geography investigation

Students complete an individual investigation (including collecting data) based on any part of the specification content. This is around 3000-4000 words long.

Entry requirements

Access to the Sixth Form is based on prior academic achievement, behaviour and attendance records. Students must attain at least 5 A* - C grades including English and Maths. Some subjects may have specific criteria.


Physical Geography

Section A—Water and Carbon Cycles

Section B—EITHER Hot desert environments OR Coastal systems

Section C– EITHER Hazards OR Ecosystems OR Cold environments This will be assessed via a 2 1/2 hour exam worth 96 marks and 40% of the final A level grade.

Human Geography

SECTION A-Global systems and Governance

SECTION B-Changing places

SECTION C-EITHER Contemporary urban environments OR population and the environment OR Resource security. This will be assessed via a 2 1/2 hour exam worth 96 marks and 40% of the final A level grade.


This is marked out of 35 and is worth 20% of the final A level grade.

Future opportunities

It is a useful (sometimes essential) option choice for anyone interested in a career related to many topics. Some examples are: Town planning. Human rights. International relations. Energy supply. Retail location. Managing effects of hazards and climate change. Law.

Further information

Students will be required to undertake a minimum of four full days of fieldwork. This will involve undertaking an independent investigation into a question of their choice. The department will also be running the annual 4–day Switzerland trip. We currently undertake other fieldwork in Manchester and the Yorkshire Dales

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: 11 December 2015
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