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Geography A Level at Longsands Academy

Course description

This is an exciting time for Geography our new OCR course is offering an exciting range of topics giving rich learning opportunities. There is a mix of compulsory and optional units. As well as this, the new reforms have seen the return of indepent investigations, giving learners an opportunity to develop geographical fieldwork and life skills and further develop resilience in self sufficent study. These skills are highly valued by employers.


An overview of what the course offers and how it is assessed is below.



Assesssment Overview

Proportion of Final grade


Landscape Systems

Earths Life Support Systems

Geographical Skills

Physical Systems

Out of 72 marks

1 hour 45 minutes written paper

24% of total A Level


Changing Space: Making places

Global connections

Geographical Skills

Human Interactions

Out of 72 marks

1 hour 45 minutes written paper

24% of total A Level


Optional units: study 2 of 5


Disease Dilemmas

Exploring Oceans

Future of food

Hazardous Earth


Deographical Debates

96 marks

2hours 30 minutes written paper

32% of total A Level

Indepentent Investigation


Investigative Geography

60 Marks

Non Examination

Includes participation of 4 compulsory fieldwork sessions


20% of total A Level

Course content

As part of this course students will develop a range of fieldwork and research skills. Students will undertake 2 fieldwork trips, a day trip to Wisbech investigation the impacts of migration and a further 3 day fieldwork trip to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Here they will complete a number of human and physical fieldwork activities that help prepare them for their individual investigations. These trips are a compulsory part of the syllabus and therefore students need to take this into consideration when choosing their subjects. We do our best to ensure the cost of trips of this nature are kept as low as possible and offer value for money. Students should plan for a cost of approx. £250 for the two trips.


We also offer a range of enrichment activities including trips to America and Iceland. These trips offer students the opportunity to travel the world and see first-hand some of the things they study in the classroom. Our trip to Iceland is open to all Geography and Geology students and will run Easter 2018, the next America trip will run Easter 2019 and is open to all Geography, Geology and History students.


Entry requirements

At least a grade 5 Geography if it has been studied at GCSE.

Students with a strong APS but who have not taken Geography at GCSE would be accepted.

Grade 5 in Mathematics and English Language.

APS 5.5

Further information

If you require any further information please speak to Mrs McAllister or Miss Rose at the St. Neots Sixth Form Centre, via

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longsands Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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