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Geography A level at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

Area of Study 1: Dynamic Landscapes
  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Glaciated Landscapes and Change or Coastal Landscapes and Change
Area of Study 2: Dynamic Places 
  • Globalisation
  • Superpowers
  • Regenerating Places or Diverse Places
  • Health, Human Rights and Intervention or Migration, Identity and Sovereignty
Area of Study 3: Synoptic Assessment 
A resource booklet will contain information about a geographical issue. The following synoptic themes will be assessed within the compulsory content areas:
  • Players
  • Attitudes and actions
  • Futures and uncertainties
The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context.
Area of Study 4: Independent Investigation 
  • An investigation report of 3000-4000 words

Entry requirements

To follow a programme of A-Level subjects, students must have a minimum of 5.5 GCSE points from at least six GCSEs, which must include English and Mathematics (at grade 5). 
In order to study a subject at A-Level that has been studied at GCSE it is necessary to have at least a grade C (grade 5 if English) in that subject.
GCSE equivalence grades at C or above, from courses such as BTECs can only be
counted as one of the six grades required for entry to the Sixth Form. These will not be sufficient to study Mathematics or Science at AS Level.
All students must have a good record of conduct and be comfortable with the values and the ethos of the academy. All students will be interviewed and references sought for external candidates.
Progress from Year 12 to Year 13 is not automatic and is dependent upon a successful first year and a pass grade in the progression exams taken at the end of Year 12.


1. Dynamic Landscapes:  Written Exam: 2hr - 30% of A level
2. Dynamic Places:  Written Exam: 2hr - 30% of A level
3. Synoptic Paper:  Written Exam: 1hr 45min - 20% of A level
4. Independent Investigation: Internally assessed externally moderated - 20% of A level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016

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