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Geography A Level at St Benedict's Catholic High School

Course description

A Level Geography offers a natural progression from GCSE. We ask students to look at contemporary and topical issues, challenging them to consider their place in the world.

This engaging and flexible course gives students the opportunity to:

  • study the relationship between human populations with their physical environment at a variety of scales from the local to the global;
  • consider their own role in relation to themes and issues being studied and the roles, values and attitudes of others including decision makers.

The specification follows an issues and impacts approach to contemporary Geography that is suitable for all students. Topics range from Tectonic Processes and Change to Globalisation, with additional topics such as Coasts, Superpowers and Health, Human Rights and Intervention studied at A level.

Entry requirements

We want students who: Show a genuine appreciation of our changing world and use a wide range of skills, which they can apply to a variety of situations; can work independently on a task or take an active role in a small group. Students should enjoy lively debate and appreciate how we as individuals can influence the future of our planet. Geographers should be competent in using ICT.

There will be a mandatory 4 days fieldwork as part of the new A Level specification which will be undertaken during the two year course.


  • Paper 1: Physical Geography: Tectonic Processes, Glaciation, Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and Energy Insecurity (30%, 2 hour exam).
  • Paper 2: Human Geography: Globalisation, Superpowers, Regenerating Places and Health, Human Rights and Intervention (30%, 2 hour exam).
  • Paper 3: Synoptic Investigation: Resources on a geographical issue (20%, 1¾ hour exam).
  • Coursework: Independent Investigation – Non-examined assessment (20%, 3-4000 words).

Future opportunities

Geography can lead to further study at degree level, or as a supportive qualification for either a science or arts degree. Career prospects are wide ranging and include: The travel & tourism industry, retail, transport, local government, teaching, the Environment Agency, military, management, mapping and planning to name but a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2017

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