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Geography A level at Cowes Enterprise College

Course description

Geography A level is an exciting and engaging subject that enables students to explore popular and contemporary geographical themes and issues.

Course content

Unit 1: Dynamic Landscapes

This unit covers a range of physical geography topics such as tectonic processes, hazards and management techniques as well as issues such as water and energy insecurity and future water and energy conflicts. As well as this, students will also complete fieldwork activities.

Unit 2: Dynamic Places

This unit deals with human geography and considers social, demographic, cultural and economic changes. The importance of globalisation as well as the role and influence of superpowers will be explored. In addition, students will study topical issues like health, human rights and intervention.

Unit 3 : Synoptic investigation of a geographical issue

The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue in a location that is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas as selected by the exam board.

Unit 4: Independent investigation (Internally assessed report)

Students will choose their focus and the report they produce presents an exciting opportunity for students to demonstrate a range of geographical skills of presentation, analysis and evaluation.

Entry requirements

  • Normally students should have a strong GCSE Geography grade.
  • Students who have studied other humanities subjects or similar and who can demonstrate suitable abilities and aptitudes may be considered.


  • 30% is a two-hour exam on physical geography
  • 30% is a two hour exam on human geography
  • 20% is a synoptic exam lasting 1 hour 45 minutes that links to students understanding and investigation of a synoptic topic
  • 20% investigation (of between 3,000 to 4,000 words)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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