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Geography (A Level) at Bishop Laney Sixth Form

Course description

Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice. The Russell Group published in 2011 names, geography as one of the eight facilitating subjects. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and choosing facilitating subjects will keep more options open to you at university.

Course content

The 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. By the time you get to your exams, you will be able to show your understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate your answers with case studies from local, national and international examples. You will be expected to participate in a residential fieldtrip during your study.

Entry requirements

5 grade 4-9 (A*- C) GCSEs or equivalent including English and Maths and Grade 5 GCSE in the A level subject


How will you be assessed?

Paper 1 (9GEO/01) 30% 2hr 15mins

This paper assesses students on physical geography including; Tectonic processes, Landscape systems, Processes and change, Coastal landscapes, Water security and Energy security. The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions, including 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions.

Paper 2 (9GEO/02) 30% 2hr 15mins

This paper assesses students on human geography including; Globalisation, Shaping places, Superpowers and Global Development. The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions, including 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions.

Paper 3 (9GEO/03) 20% 2hr 15mins

This examination will involve using a resource booklet about a geographical issue (Players, Attitudes and actions and Futures and uncertainties). The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 8-mark, 18-mark and 24-mark extended writing questions.

Non-examination assessment: Independent Investigation (9GE0/04)

The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated. The student will produce a written report of 3000–4000 words.

Financial information

  • Attending a residential fieldtrip – cost unknown (approximately £250)

Future opportunities

This qualification gains UCAS points which will allow applications to university to be made in conjunction with the UCAS points gained from other courses.

You may already be thinking ahead to potential university and career choices so it is worth bearing in mind that geography is a broad based subject that really fits well for your future progression. For example, for careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, managing the effects of hazards and climate change, geography is an obvious choice.

For careers in the world of business, an understanding of global economics forms an important part of geography. If you are thinking of a career in law, human rights, international relations or welfare then geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues

Further information

What is expected of you:

  • Excellent attendance throughout the course

  • Full engagement and dedication in completing the course to your full ability

  • In depth reading and research in your own time about the topics covered

  • Keeping all of your work in order in a folder / book

  • Completing all homework to a high standard and on time

  • Producing good quality work with high standards of grammar and spelling

  • Attending a residential fieldtrip – cost unknown (approximately £170)

  • Completing your own independent investigation, worth 20% of the course

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: 02 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 9GEO

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