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Geography A-Level at Freman College

Course description

Your A-Level geography course will cover both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. It will also, importantly, show the applied side of the subject - how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. This is complex and dynamic and varies from place to place depending on people’s resources, technology and culture. There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research which will help you become an independent thinker and learner.

There is also an increased emphasis on geographical skills within the new A-Level specifications and you will be encouraged to frame your own questions using higher level thinking skills and showing your grasp of complex issues through report and essay writing.

Course content

Topics covered in the Lower Sixth could include: tectonic processes and hazards, glacial, hot deserts and coastal landscapes and change, a study of globalisation (causes and consequences for different people and places) and regenerating places.

In the Upper Sixth, students continue to study a range of contemporary geographical issues. These could include: the water cycle and water insecurity, the carbon cycle and energy security, climate change futures, the role of superpowers, health, human rights and intervention and migration, identity and sovereignty.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE Geography and English. Students who have not studied Geography need to achieve grade C in History or RE.


All students take part in a residential field trip and undertake at least 4 days of fieldwork over the A-Level. All A-level students will complete one Independent Investigation in the second year of the A-Level, which will be a non-examined assessment and must draw on fieldwork: this is 20% of the A level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Freman College directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

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