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Geography A level at Francis Combe Academy

Course description

A Level Geography is divided into 3 components: Physical Geography, Human Geography and Geographical Fieldwork. 

  • In the first component you will learn about the natural world including topics such as Water and Carbon Cycles, Coastal Systems and Natural Hazards.
  • The Human component includes Globalisation, Changing Places and Population and the Environment.

All of these topics explore our dynamic world through a series of case studies at local through to the global level. 

The Geographical fieldwork will include 4 days of fieldwork, based on both Human and Physical Geography. Students will complete an Independent investigation based on a question or issue they have chosen and write up their findings in class. 

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 or 4 A levels including the facilitating subjects, is a mostly A*/B profile at GCSE, including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 5 maths and English.

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 A levels, or a combination of A levels and vocational qualifications, is a mostly B/C profile at GCSE including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 4 English.

Students must have a minimum of grade B in GCSE Geography. 


Both the Physical and Human components are assessed In external examinations at the end of the course. Each exam is worth 40% of the final grade. 

The Fieldwork component Is assessed internally and sent to the exam board for moderation. This is worth 20% of the final grade. 

Future opportunities

Geography can help further your education whether you choose to continue studying Geography at university or if you choose another subject. Geography is a cross curricular subject which has links to history, business, science, politics, sociology and economics. 

The knowledge gained about the world and current issues is beneficial for further study in many subjects. Geography is considered a strong academic subject, so universities look at Geography students favourably. 

Geography students are very employable because of the skills and the knowledge base learnt during the course. Traditional Geography careers Include:

  • Town planning,
  • careers within the tourism industry,
  • resource management, 
  • teaching,
  • meteorologist, 
  • climatologist, 
  • volcanologist, 
  • work within the environment agency or development agencies
  • Government positions (foreign relations). 

However. studying Geography does not only restrict you to Geography related careers. Some other common career paths for Geography students include:

  • journalism,
  • business. 
  • law,
  • accountancy,
  • banking 
  • and many more... 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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