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Geography A Level (Pearson) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

The specification is designed to address key ideas and debates in our world today, such as climate change, globalisation, urban regeneration and management of the world’s resources. Students will find the course both modern and engaging. They will explore a range of issues and examine potential solutions to them.


A2 Units (Unit 1 and 2 can be studied as part of a separate AS)

Unit 1: Dynamic Landscapes


Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards Tectonic processes - a study of the causes of tectonic hazards, the impact of tectonic activity on people, and responses to tectonic hazards

Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change - An integrated study of processes, land forms and landscapes. A study of the coastal landscape system and the physical and human processes influencing change over time and space.


Unit 2: Dynamic Places


Topic 3: Globalisation - A study of globalisation, its causes and consequences for different people and places.

Topic 4: Rebranding  Places - A study of how and why places are shaped and changed, the meanings and identities attached to different places and the consequences for different people.


Unit 3: Physical Systems and Sustainability


Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity - Water cycle, human and natural factors that impact on water cycling, consequences for water security and future water conflicts.

Topic 6: The Carbon cycle and Energy Security - Carbon cycle, human and natural factors impacting on carbon cycling, the consequences for ecosystems and management strategies.

Topic 7: Climate Change Futures - Exploring the links between the carbon and water cycles through climate change.


Unit 4:  Human Systems and Geopolitics


Topic 8: Superpowers - the reasons for shifting economic and political power, the impacts of superpowers, influence of superpowers in governing the global commons.

Topic 9: Global Development and Connections – Either Human Rights and Intervention or Migration, Identity and Sovereignty


A level students must complete a minimum of four days of fieldwork. (AS 2 days). This fieldwork will be carried out in relation to physical and human geography, and will help you to answer questions on the exam, and to complete your independent investigation. The fieldwork could be day trips, or a residential visit, and is essential for successful completion of the course.

Entry requirements

Ideally at least a grade 5 in Geography at GCSE is desirable.

You do not need to have studied Geography in Year 11 although it would be very useful.


There are 3 exams to be taken at the end of the A2, 2 of these are worth 30% each of the A level, and are based on the topics studied during the first year – the exams last 1hr and 30 minutes each.

The other exam is a Synoptic paper which draws together your knowledge and understanding of a key geographical issue – this is worth 20% of the A level and is 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Finally, you will complete an independent investigation, based on fieldwork you have completed during your studies.  This is also worth 20% of your A Level.


This subject is linear in nature i.e. AS assessments do not count toward the final grade.

Future opportunities

Employers and universities like Geography qualifications because they demonstrate a wide range of skills including: data collection and analysis, IT skills, decision making and problem solving skills. 

Further information

Geography has particularly good links with Science subjects, Business Studies, History and Maths. However, Geography is very cross curricular and complements many other subject combinations.

Contact Mr  Boughton, Head of Department via e-mail:

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: 13 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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