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Geography A Level at Rosebery School

Course description

Students achieve well above the national average. In 2016 75% of students achieved the top grades A*-B while our A*-C grade was 100%. Geography is a facilitating subject for application to the Russell Group of universities as well as being highly valued by employers. Studying Geography gives students the opportunity to travel the world via the classroom, learning about both natural and social sciences along the way. It includes case studies of recent, real-life events to inspire students of all abilities.

Course content

Component 1 (Physical Geography) Core topics: Water and Carbon Cycles Optional: Coastal systems OR Hot Desert Environments Hazards OR Ecosystems OR Cold Environments Component 2 (Human Geography) Core topics: Global systems and Governance Changing Places Optional: Population OR Contemporary Urban environments OR Resource Security.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B (5/6) in Geography. GCSE grade 5 in English, Mathematics and Science recommended.


Component 1 (Physical Geography) will be assessed in a two-hour 30 minute exam worth 40% of the A Level grade. Component 2 (Human Geography) will be assessed in a two-hour 30 minute exam worth 40% of the A Level grade. Component 3 (Geographical investigation) 3,000-4,000 words, worth 20% of the A Level grade. Preparation for this element will be through four days of compulsory fieldwork after which students will be expected to produce an extended project.

Future opportunities

Owing to the diverse nature of the subject and the many transferable skills that are developed in Geography, it can be combined with other A Level subjects for courses, including both BA and BSc. degrees. Potential pathways include: Geography, Environmental Studies, Earth Science, Town Planning, Surveying, to name but a few.

Further information

Formal teaching and theory work, discussion, research, presentation and group work. Geography A Level at Rosebery presently includes one residential field trip to Dorset and two one-day field trips to a local river and the London Docklands. There is also the opportunity to visit Iceland as an enrichment field trip, which runs every two years (this is a joint enterprise with Glyn School).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rosebery School directly.

Last updated date: 14 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years