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Geography A Level at West Lakes Academy

Course description

A Level Geography aims to provide students with a broad range of geographical knowledge and experience. It will provide you with a deep insight into the making and shaping of the world we live in, appreciate the wide diversity that exists as well as an understanding of the challenges we face.

The course offers opportunities to develop enquiry skills, communication and analysis as well as being able to identify and debate issues that are of global importance.

Geography suits students who have an interest in and concern for the environment and are interested in current affairs and world development. It is a subject that is relevant to our own lives and experiences, now and in the future.

Course content

Topics studied include

  • The formation of different landscapes including glacial and coastal landscape and how climate change and human activity influence them.
  • The importance of water and carbon cycles to life on earth and the factors that cause changes in these.
  • Hazards - including tectonic and climatic hazards.
  • Changing places - the importance of characteristics of different places and how these change over time.
  • Global connections - issues of migration, nationality and international conflict. There is a greater emphasis in the new courses for fieldwork and there is a requirement to complete a minimum of four days for A Level courses. Students will also complete an independent enquiry at A Level.

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 grade A*-C GCSEs, including English and maths at grade 5.

GCSE grade B in geography is desirable, students who have not taken geography at GCSE level will be considered on an individual basis.


A Level three exams: Physical Systems, Human Interactions, Geographical Debates.

A Level independent investigation 20%: this will give students an opportunity to plan and complete an individual study that most interests them.

Future opportunities

Students with an enquiring mind, who enjoy finding their own answers enjoy geography. Students who want to broaden their AS or A Level studies to cover both ‘sciences’ and ‘humanities’ and who want to keep their options open - Geography AS or A Level is an appropriate qualification for a very wide range of higher education, including science courses or career choices.

Geography at A Level or degree level offers a gateway into a very wide range of career choices, the Royal Geographical Association has some very good detail on this at the link below

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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