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A Level Geography at John Smeaton Academy

Course description

A-Level Geography is an academic A-Level. It is particularly useful if you are continuing on to University as it can count as an arts subject or a science subject and is therefore highly valued. It also leads on to lots of vocational courses too. Our main purpose in Geography is to give you a greater understanding of the world around you so that you can make informed choices about your future and your impact on the world around you. To enhance the knowledge you learn in the classroom, A-Level Geography does involve fieldwork, which may be in the UK or abroad.






Course content

UNIT 1: Physical Geography

2 hour 30 minute Exam

40% of your A Level

In Physical Geography you will study water and life, hot desert landscapes and natural hazards.


UNIT 2: Human Geography

2 hour 30 minute exam

40% of your A Level

In Human Geography you will study: global systems, changing places and resource security.


UNIT 3: Geography Fieldwork Investigation

20% of A Level



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Future opportunities

Where will this course take you?

Some career opportunities include

· Meteorologist

· Vulcanologist

· Environmental Scientist

· Town Planning

· Utilities companies

· Environmental consultant

· Military technical adviser

You may go on to study a degree in Physical Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Science, Geoscience, Earth Sciences, Environmental Law and many others

You may also choose a more vocational route like travel and tourism or town planning.


Further information

Interesting Facts:

The most famous former geography student is Prince William who studied geography at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Prince William utilized his navigational skills to serve in the Royal Air Force as a helicopter pilot.

Basketball great Michael Jordan graduated with a degree in geography from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1986.

Mother Teresa taught geography at covenant schools in Kolkata, India before she founded the Missionaries of Charity.


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: 20 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years for A Level