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Geography Edexcel AS and A Level at Sir John Leman High School

Course description

Geography is a course for people who have an interest in the natural world and are seeking to stretch their abilities through the application of research and academic knowledge. Students with a scientific or mathematical mind may enjoy studying Geography.

Geography offers the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom with the course including field work. Self-motivation and a willingness to develop organisational skills are also essential as tasks involve group and independent work.

Extended Learning:

Students are expected to keep up to date with Geographical issues. Students will be set a variety of extended learning building on their class work, carrying out further research/reading, and practicing their exam technique

Course content

AS Level:

  • The first unit of study includes two topics and allows students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physical geography around us.
  • Topics include: Tectonic Processes and Hazards; and Landscape Systems, Processes and Change.
  • The second unit of study includes two topics and allows students to demonstrate a variety of skills to investigate the human geography around us. Topics include: Globalisation; and Shaping Places.
  • Students will undertake a minimum of two days of field work in relation to their study of both physical and human geography.

A Level:

Topics further to the AS content are:

  • The Water Cycle and Water Security; the Carbon Cycle and Energy Security; Climate Change Futures; Superpowers; and Global Development and Connections.
  • There is also a synoptic assessment which examines students on their ability to draw synoptically on their knowledge and understanding from content of the A Level course.
  • Students will undertake an independent investigation, based on four days of field work and research, to produce a written report. 

Entry requirements

  • Ideally grade C GCSE Geography.


AS Level:

  • Units are externally examined at the end of the AS Level.
  • These exam papers will assess students on their understanding of synoptic themes, core geographical concepts and field work.

A Level:

  • Units of study are externally examined at the end of the A Level.
  • Independent investigation: This is internally assessed and externally moderated.


Future opportunities

Geography ranks third among academic disciplines for graduate employability.

The intellectual, analytical and technical skills developed through studying Geography are highly sought after by employers and can be used in a wide range of careers such as: seismologist, geophysicist, oceanographer, climatologist, geophysical engineer, researcher, volcanologist, hydrologist, planner and surveyor, demographer, conservationist and environmental scientist.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Leman High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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