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Geography A Level EDEXCEL at Grey Court School

Course description

This is a totally new and exciting A-level that will continue on from what you have learned at GCSE, cementing your knowledge and encouraging you to think and work more independently. One of the major changes is that there will be no AS and all your exams will be at the end of the two years of study. In addition to this, there is an independent investigation that is new to A-Level. This will require independent investigation, fieldwork and write up by all students to produce a 4,000 word report. This is a challenging A-Level that will stretch you far beyond what you have done at GCSE. There will be an increased focus on the importance of independent field work and students will be expected to develop as ‘global citizens,’ with an understanding of the implications of wider geographical concepts. 

Course content


Unit 1:

    >  Globalisation and development (Human)

    >  Plate Tectonics & Hazards (Physical)

    >  Glaciated Landscapes (Physical)

    >  Regenerating Places (Human)




>   The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity (Physical)

>   Superpowers (Human)

>   The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security (Physical)

>    Health, Human Rights and Intervention (Human)

In addition you will complete your own fieldwork and write up which will be 3000 – 4000 words in length and will provide an in-depth independent enquiry of your fieldwork.

Entry requirements

At least a grade 6 in GCSE Geography

 Five 9-4 grades at GCSE



PAPER 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards & Glaciated Landscapes 2hrs 15 = 30% of A-Level

PAPER 2: Globalisation and Regenerating Places 2hrs 15 = 30% of A-Level

PAPER 3: Synoptic Investigation of a contemporary issue 2hrs 15 = 20% of A-Level

A level Independent Investigation = 20% of A-Level

Future opportunities

Geography is a multi-skilled discipline suitable for a wide range of diverse and rewarding careers including engineering, architecture, planning, surveying, government and travel and tourism. It is an intensively academic qualification and one of the key facilitating A Levels enabling students to access the Russell Group Universities. 

Enrichment opportunities:  Students will carry out a variety of fieldwork tasks and trips. Students will attend an exam board conference in Year 13 and do a fieldwork studies day at a local university to build links with further education and provide an insight into degree level geography.

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: 27 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Geography A Level

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