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Geography GCE A Level (single option) (Option Block C) at The North School

Course description

Geography is a fun, engaging and exciting subject of great relevance for meeting the challenges of the 21st Century.  Studying Geography at A Level allows students to promote and foster an enthusiasm for learning about their world, with an emphasis on making links between different environments, places and the physical landscape.  Students will study a range of themes that will excite minds, challenge perceptions and stimulate investigative and analytical skills.  In addition, students will be able to address and access important questions about our dynamic world, and to comprehend the issues facing the planet today.  Students will be encouraged to develop an independent curiosity about their world, to conduct decision making activities and to use new technologies such as GIS.

Students are also given the opportunity to undertake 4 days of fieldwork over the course, with the aim of producing an independent investigation on a topic/theme of their own choice.  This will allow students to    develop a deeper and analytical understanding of a concept that interests them.

Course content

Year 1: Coasts; Changing Places; Contemporary Urban Environments; Fieldwork studies.

Year 2: Hazards/ Ecosystems; Water and Carbon; Global systems and governance;

             Independent investigation.

Entry requirements

Students will require a minimum of five A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE, including a 5 in English and a 6 in Geography.


Paper 1: Physical Geography and People and the Environment (50% of AS)

Paper 2: Human Geography and Fieldwork Investigation (50% of AS)

Paper 1: Physical Geography (40%of A Level)

Paper 2: Human Geography (40% of A Level)

                Independent Investigation: Geography Fieldwork Investigations (20% of A level)

Financial information

A voluntary contribution towards fieldwork studies.

Future opportunities

Students successfully completing this level 3 qualification can progress onto a degree in Geography or related subjects. Alternatively they may obtain work in the industry including surveying, town planning, environmental sectors etc.


Further information

For further information on the requirements and content of this course, please contact Mrs L Redpath.

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: 14 March 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years