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Geography A Level at The Thomas Hardye School

Course description

Geography is a diverse, contemporary and ever-changing subject which develops students’ understanding of the world around them, alongside an ability to analyse the key human and physical processes and interactions which shape it. Geography is well regarded by employers and universities alike because of the broad range of skills it develops. Students will study a variety of physical and human aspects of geography and the subject integrates well with a range of science, humanities and arts based subjects. Learning is brought to life with a focus on contemporary events and is supported by fieldwork in the local area.

Course content


Students will study physical topics on water and carbon cycles; two fundamental life-support systems for our planet, as well as ‘natural hazards’ which develops students understanding of earthquakes, volcanic activity and atmospheric hazards such as hurricanes. Students will also study changing places to appreciate people’s experience of places and the qualities they ascribe to them as well as how places change over time. Local fieldwork in a variety of settings will support the learning.


Students will study ‘global systems and governance’ which focuses on globalisation – the economic, political and social changes associated with technological and other driving forces which have been a key feature of the global economy and society in recent decades. They will also study ‘population and the environment’ in order to explore the relationships between key aspects of physical geography and population numbers, population health and well-being, levels of economic development and the role and impact of the natural environment. Physical geography will focus on ‘coastal systems and landscapes’ where students will develop their existing knowledge of the processes which shape our coastlines. Time will also be given to work on an independent geographical investigation.


There are two exams, each two and a half hours long, and an Independent Investigation of approximately 4,000 words, worth 20%. 

Future opportunities

Many career paths can develop from studying geography, because of the diverse nature of the subject and the fact it deals with many of society’s biggest issues. Students interested in careers connected with the environment, law, politics, tourism, resources and economics can be well supported by an A-Level in Geography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2017
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