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Geography A Level at Orleans Park

Course description

Students who are attracted to A Level Geography have a keen interest in the world around them; they like to make sense of the ever-changing human and physical worlds.

Course content

Throughout the two years of study students will focus on four key geographical themes:

  • Dynamic Landscapes focusing Tectonic Processes and Coastal Landscapes and Change
  • Physical Systems and Sustainability focusing on The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity and the Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Dynamic Places focusing on Globalisation and Regenerating Places
  • Human Systems and Geopolitics focusing on Superpowers and Health, Human Rights and Intervention

Students will be expected to complete a minimum of 4 days of field work as part of their independent investigation.




Students will complete three examinations and an Independent Investigation.

Unit 1 and Unit 2 exams are both 2 hours and 15 minutes long and both are worth 30% each of the full A Level.

Unit 1 focuses on Dynamic Landscapes, Physical Systems and Sustainability, whilst Unit 2 focuses on Dynamic Places, Human Systems and Geopolitics.

Unit 3 is a synoptic Decision Making Exam lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes and is worth 20% of the full A Level. An unseen resource booklet is provided in the exam.

The Independent Investigation is a 3000 to 4000 word written report based on field work and is worth 20% of the full A Level.

Future opportunities

Geography forms the bridge between the natural and human world and the science and arts disciplines. The diverse nature of the subject engenders broad-minded, deep thinkers who learn from the world around them. Many employers recognise that Geography students have a wide variety of transferable skills ranging from enquiry- based data collection, presentation and analysis of data and the preparation and presentation of reports in written and oral form. Students of Geography are regarded as being skilled in making informed decisions based on a range of real world information. Advanced Level Geography is a highly regarded academic discipline and valuable entry qualification to many higher education and degree courses. It combines well with other subjects such as Biology, Mathematics, Economics, History, Politics, Physics and Sociology and can be useful in a host of jobs, e.g. Land Management and Conservation, Town and Country Planning, Environmental Management and the Professional Services.

Further information

Applications to the Sixth Form for September 2018 open on Tuesday 3 October 2017 and close on Friday 12 January 2018. Please apply for 3 courses plus a reserve choice.

Entry Requirements for September 2018:

6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 with at least 3 subjects at Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) including English and Mathematics at Grade 4 or higher. Some subjects have specific requirements (as shown on the individual subject page) and we strongly advise that students have at least a GCSE Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) in the subjects they will study at A Level.

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: 02 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Edexcel 9GE01; 9GE02; 9GE03; 9GE04

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    • DIRECTIONS FROM A316 Leave the A316 at the St Margarets Roundabout. Join the A3004 (St Margarets Road). Pass St Margarets station on the right. Turn right onto Crown Road (A3004) Turn right onto Richmond Road (A305). Orleans Park is located on the left hand side. BY TRAIN Twickenham is served by trains from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Richmond, Ascot & Reading. BY BUS Services 33, 490, H22, R68 & R70 all stop outside the school on Richmond Road.