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Geography A Level at Excelsior Academy

Course description

Geography is a diverse and engaging subject that covers issues relevant to our world today. A range of technologies is used for areas such as fieldwork which can be undertaken on any area of the specification content.

The specification embraces contemporary Geography whilst retaining key elements of traditional Geography. The subject content follows an 'issues and impacts' approach throughout. It has a developmental structure which helps to facilitate progression through the course and beyond to link with the demands of higher level study.

Course content

The AS and A2 course both consist of 2 units:

GEOG 1 is a combination of physical and human geography to include topics such as Rivers, Floods and Management and Population. There is an element of choice with the optional units with units such as Health Issues and Cold Environments.

GEOG 2 is a Geographical Skills unit which relies on students own field study experiences. This will involve a field visit, usually to Morpeth, Northumberland and general geographical skills. At A2 the course has another 2 units;

GEOG3 is Contemporary Geographical Issues and covers physical and human topics to include Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards and World Cities. Again there is an element of choice to play to student's strengths and personal interests. This unit involves a 40 mark essay section which allows students to show the full range of their geographical knowledge and thinking.

GEOG 4 is either a fieldwork unit or a geographical issue evaluation based on prerelease material.

Entry requirements

GCSE Geography at grade C or above.


The course is 100% external examination. There are two examinations for AS and two examinations for A2. The AS specification is designed to be taken over one year with all assessments taken at the end of the course. The A-level specification is designed to be taken over two years with all assessments taken at the end of the course.

Future opportunities

Anywhere on Earth! If you specialise in geography at higher education, or use your Geography A Level as a stepping stone to study geology at university, you could find yourself doing things like charting oil wells or exploring rock formations throughout the world. And because geography is about the interaction between people and our planet, this fascinating subject is valid for a number of different career paths, like advertising, environmental management, law or social services.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Excelsior Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

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