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Geography A Level at Southfield School for Girls Specialist Sports and Science College

Course description

Why should i study Geography?

Geography is an enjoyable, interesting and topical subject and is concerned with the world in which we live.
It is useful for many careers in both arts and sciences and is essential for some jobs.
It is a subject which connects the arts and sciences. It is about the future and encourages flexible thinking. Geography provides the basis for the study of many other subjects and is an option that combines with many other A level choices.
Geography is a subject valued by universities as it offers flexibility along with the learning of vital skills.
Geography addresses global and current issues, developing new areas of study and provides a firm basis for life-long learning.
Geography is a subject providing many essential skills which are useful for future employment opportunities.

Course content

Geography A level builds on the work started at GCSE.
Each GCSE module is relevant to the A level.
There are also modules of work which are new. For example: tectonic hazards, water insecurity and superpowers.
The course is linear and assessed through a combination of written exam papers and independent investigation.

The course consists of four areas of study:

• Dynamic Landscapes – e.g. tectonic hazards
• Landscape Systems, Processes and Change e.g. coastal landscapes
• Physical Systems and Sustainability e.g. water insecurity and energy
• Human Systems and Geopolitics e.g. superpowers and migration

Entry requirements

A Grade B or above in GCSE geography.


There are three exam papers: Paper 1 worth 30%, Paper 2 worth 30%, Paper 3 worth 20% and an Independent Investigation (coursework) worth 20%. Papers 1, 2 and 3 are externally assessed and the Independent Investigation is internally assessed and externally moderated.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southfield School for Girls Specialist Sports and Science College directly.

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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