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Geography: A Level at The Howard School

Course description

The course covers both Physical geography and Human geography plus there is a Geography fieldwork investigation based on a minimum of four days field work. Competence in geographical skills will be developed during study of the course content in an integrated way; an equal balance of quantitative and qualitative methods across the specification.

Component 1: Physical geography

Component 2: Human geography

Component 3: Geography fieldwork investigation.

Applications made to The Howard School can be made by both male and female students.

Course content

There will be three lessons delivered by each teacher per week. Mr S Edwards currently delivers Component 1 and Mrs R Champion currently delivers Component 2. Component 3 is delivered by both teachers, although the individual focus of the investigation determines the lead teacher allocated per student. Students are expected to consolidate their learning with Independent Study. These may be tasks set by the class teacher, or additional research, reading, learning of content and key terms, which should be done voluntarily over a minimum of 5 hours per week.

Entry requirements

Grade B in Geography and a Grade 5 or above in English and Maths.


This qualification is linear, which means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Component 1: Physical geography

Component 2: Human geography

Component 3: Geography fieldwork investigation.

Future opportunities

This specification should excite students’ minds, challenge perceptions and stimulate their investigative and analytical skills. Geography is a facilitating subject; one which is most commonly required or preferred by Russell Group universities to get on to a range of degree courses. Many of the top universities will ask students to have at least one A-level in a facilitating subject on application. This A Level course should provide students with the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm sought by both higher education and employers.

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: 06 December 2016

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