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Geography A Level (level 3) at Wrotham School

Course description

This is a two year course which will result in a single A Level. This can be taken in a combination with other level 3 courses.

Course content

Students will: develop and apply their understanding of geographical concepts and processes to understand and interpret our changing world; develop their awareness of the complexity of interactions within and between societies, economies, cultures and environments at scales from local to global; develop as global citizens who recognise the challenges of sustainability and the implications for their own and others’ lives; improve as critical and reflective learners aware of the importance of attitudes and values, including their own; become adept in the use and application of skills and new technologies through their geographical studies both in and outside the classroom; be inspired by the world around them, and gain enjoyment and satisfaction from their geographical studies and understand their relevance.

Syllabus components:

Unit 1: Physical Environments (external assessment)

This is a written exam worth 40% of the overall grade examining the following subjects: Water and Carbon Cycles, Coastal Landscapes and Systems and Hazards. Questions range between multiple choice, through to extended answer questions worth 20 marks.

Unit 2: Human Environments (external assessment)
A comparative study of films and film-making traditions from more than one country. Students create a video essay, comparing two films of their choice that are either separated by time or geography.

Unit 3: Non-Examined Assessment

 Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content. This is approximately 4000 words.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Geography. 


20% coursework, 80% examination

Future opportunities

This is a contemporary specification developed in consultation with the Geographical Association, Royal Geographical Society and leading universities. A-level Geography will provide the opportunity for students to develop the study skills and knowledge necessary to lead to a range of possible career choices in the future. In particular, unit 4 (Geographical Research) allows students to study an area of personal interest in great depth, allowing them to develop the research skills they would need if undertaking a project at work or a dissertation at university

Further information

As with any A level qualification, there is an increased demand for students to work independently. Students, therefore, must expect to study outside of lesson time and will be expected to work for approximately five hours a week outside of lessons in order to complete the work to A*-C grade standard.

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: 20 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September