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Geography A Level at Alec Reed Academy

Course description

Geography gives students a worldview on the global issues of Development, Poverty, Energy Security, Natural Hazards, Globalisation and Climate Change. The local issues of Rebranding and Coastal Management are studied giving the skills and understanding needed for future study across the curriculum and in the world of work. Geography develops a love of the physical environment and how it interacts with human activity while equipping students to understand the challenges facing the planet, physical world, developed and developing nations. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C including a GCSE grade C in Geography and Minimum grade 5 in English Language


Component 1: Physical geography and people and the environment

(40% of Advanced Level, 2 hours 30 mins written exam)

Section A: Water and carbon cycles

Section B: Hot desert environments and their margins or Coastal systems and landscapes

Section C: Hazards or Ecosystems under stress or Cold environments

Total marks: 96

Component 2: Human geography and geography investigation

(40% of Advanced Level, 2 hours 30 mins written exam)

Section A: Global systems and global governance

Section B: Changing places 

Section C: Contemporary urban environments or Population and the environment or Resource security

Total marks: 96

Component 3: Geographical investigation

(20% of Advanced Level, 3000–4000 word essay)

Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

Total marks: 35

Future opportunities

Geography is a subject rich in many transferable skills, making it a unique and valuable subject to have as many of the skills learnt can be applied to all core subjects being studied and life in general. As well as this, Geography is a subject which is well regarded by University Admissions Tutors and by employers. Students can go on to study a huge range of Geographical topics and careers such as Business Administration, Land Management, teaching, the Armed Forces, the Police, Law, Local Government, Environmental Risk Planning, Market Analysis, Merchant Banking, Surveying and Leisure and Tourism Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alec Reed Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016

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