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Geography A Level at Mascalls Academy

Course description

Geography at Mascalls is a popular subject which encourages students to engage with the relationship between human populations and the physical environment we inhabit.

Course content

A Level Geography content is divided into three components.

Component one focuses on physical geography and people and the environment.

Within this you will look at water and carbon cycles and how this impacts humans and their daily lives.  

Next you will consider coastal systems and how they are managed for human purposes.

You will then go onto look at hazards and how the lithosphere and atmosphere can pose problems to human populations.

Component two considers human geography and a geography fieldwork investigation.

You will focus on global systems and global governance, then changing places within which you will make comparisons between landscapes of the past with landscapes of the present.

Lastly you will investigate population and the environment and suggest how quality of life can impact populations in both MEDC’s and LEDC’s.

Component three is the geographical investigation which allows students to complete an individual investigation.

You will then complete a four day fieldwork trip to collect human and physical data sets investigating a question or issue defined and developed by any part of the specification content of your choice. This is then summarised in the form of a written fieldwork report.

Entry requirements

You must achieve an A*-B grade in Geography at GCSE to be accepted on the A Level course.

It is also strongly recommended that students achieve a grade 5/6 in GCSE Maths and English because of the strong statistical element to the geography fieldwork investigation and extended writing in the examination questions themselves.


The A Level is assessed across two years, with exams being taken at the end of the course.

  • Component one is a written exam for 2 hours 30 minutes and is worth 96 marks, 40% of the A-level.
  • Component two is again for 2 hours 30 minutes and is worth 96 marks, 40% of the A-level.
  • Component three is a written report of 3,000-4,000 words and is worth 35 marks, 20% of the A Level. This report is marked by teachers and is moderated by the board examiners.

Future opportunities

Geography graduates have gone onto careers in conservation, the environmental sector, accounting, teaching, journalism, politics, retail and business.

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: 07 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years