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Geography at Ashmole Academy

Course description

The A level course comprises four areas of study:

1. Dynamic Landscapes (Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards and Topic 2B: Coastal Landscapes and Change)

2. Dynamic Places (Topic 3: Globalisation and Topic 4A: Regenerating Places)

3. Physical Systems and Sustainability (Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity and Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security)

4. Human Systems and Geopolitics (Topic 7: Superpowers and Topic 8: Global Development)

The course also requires the completion of an Independent Investigation (coursework) based on fieldwork.

Course content

Paper 1: Dynamic Landscapes and Physical Systems and Sustainability

  • Written examination of 2 ¼ hours
  • 30% of A Level qualification

Paper 2: Dynamic Places and Human Systems and Geopolitics

  • Written examination of 2 ¼ hours 
  • 30% of A Level qualification

Paper 3: Synoptic Paper

  • Written examination of 2 ¼ hours
  • 20% of A Level qualification


  • 3000-4000 word Independent Investigation based on fieldwork 
  • Non-examined assessment
  • 20% of A Level qualification

Future opportunities

Students with ‘A’ level Geography have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These include collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating your findings in different ways, and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are recognised by employers, universities and colleges as being of great value.

Geography combines well with almost all other ‘A’ level subjects. Taken with sciences like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Geography supports applications for almost any science- based university course like Engineering, Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography and Geology. Taken in combination with humanities subjects like English, French, History or Economics, Geography supports an equally wide range of university courses such as Business, Law, Media, Politics and Philosophy.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 February 2018