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Geography A level at Lady Hawkins' High School

Course description

A Level Syllabus: OCR

Geography at AS/A level provides an ideal bridge between the Arts and Sciences. It is one of the best subjects for developing the full range of key skills and is highly respected by universities.

The end result of studying human and physical geography is that you’ll have a better understanding of how mankind and the Earth work together. It’s not all just theory either! You’ll get the opportunity to visit places of geographical interest and roll up your sleeves with some field work.

What key skills will I learn on this course?

The course helps students develop a number of skills, including:

  • Undertaking research and analysis
  • Teamwork on practical projects
  • Investigating global issues
  • An ability to interpret natural phenomena

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Have an interest in local and global issues
  • Have enquiring minds
  • Enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life
  • Are interested in the human and physical world around us

What opportunities may I have beyond the classroom?

  • Field trip to Snowdonia
  • Trip to a field study centre near Cromer in Norfolk
  • Field work on national projects centred on Herefordshire
  • Visit to our link school in Uganda

Course content

A Level:

Physical Systems:

  • Landscape Systems
  • Earth’s Life Support System
  • Geographical Skills

Human Interactions:

  • Changing Spaces 
  • Making Places
  • Global Connections
  • Geographical Skills

Geographical Debates:

  • Climate Change 
  • Disease Dilemmas
  • Exploring Oceans
  • Future of Food
  • Hazardous Earth
  • Geographical Skills

Investigative Geography:

  • Independent Investigation

Entry requirements

Those students who wish to study a Level 3 course will need a good GCSE Grade (B or above). Level 2 courses can be offered to those who have not met this.


Three external written examinations at the end of the A Level course, and a non-exam assessment:

  • Paper 1 (1 hour 30 minutes) 22% of A Level
  • Paper 2 (1 hour 30 minutes) 22% of A Level
  • Paper 3 (2 hours 30 minutes) 36% of A Level 
  • Non-exam assessment: Independent Investigation – 20% of A Level

Financial information

Financial Assistance

Herefordshire Council expects sixth form students to pay £270 per term for transport to sixth form. There is a 16-19 Bursary Fund which may give some students financial support. Please contact the school for further information.

For eligible students, the Bursary Fund can provide financial assistance to young people whose access to, or completion of education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. The fund can help towards the cost of essential course-related costs such as travel to sixth form, equipment, books and educational visits including to university open days or interviews.


EMA is for 16 to 18 year olds living in Wales, who want to continue their education after school leaving age. If you’re eligible, you could get £30 a week, paid every two weeks.

You don’t need to study in Wales to get EMA. As long as you live in Wales and you meet the criteria then you can apply for EMA.

You must adhere to the learning contract in order to receive the payments. Failure to attend lessons and/or registrations will result in no payment for the corresponding week.

For further information, contact Lady Hawkins’ School or Student Finance Wales.

Future opportunities

A Level Geography develops the skills needed to excel in higher education. It leads to a wide range of career options, such as:

  • Surveying
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Retail Management
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Banking
  • Architecture and Research
  • Environmental Management. 

The style of the lessons helps to bridge the gap between Sixth Form and University Life.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lady Hawkins' High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 December 2017

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