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Geography A Level at The Misbourne School

Course description

Geography is a relevant and ever changing subject. It is highly regarded by universities and provides students with a range of skills that can be used for many other subjects and employment areas. Geography students will study a wide range of issues and topics relevant to their lives.

You will need to have good communication skills, an enquiring mind and independent learning skills

“Geography is not only up-to-date and relevant, it is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today. So many of the world's current problems boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them.” Michael Palin

Course content

Component 1 – Physical Geography

  • Water and Carbon Cycles
  • Coastal Systems and their Landscape
  • Hazards

Component 2 – Human Geography

  • Global Systems and Governance
  • Changing Places
  • Contemporary urban environments

Component 3 – Geographical Investigation

  • 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.

How will the course be delivered?

essons are delivered through a combination of group work, teacher led activities and independent learning. There is emphasis on independent research which requires students to be able to manage their own time effectively to meet deadlines.

Entry requirements

Geography (B), English Language or English Literature (5), Mathematics (5), any Science unit (B). 

Five A* - C GCSE grades or equivalent, including GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 as long as the subject entry requirements above do not state the need for a higher grade..

In exceptional circumstances, students with GCSE English Language or GCSE Mathematics grade 3 may be considered.

Students below grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics will undertake the statutory retake programme, attending lessons throughout Sixth Form until they achieve at least a grade 4


  • Component 1: Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes 96 marks 40% of A-level
  • Component 2: Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes 96 marks 40% of A-level
  • Component 3: 3,000–4,000 word essay 35 marks 20% of A-level

Financial information

Students in The Misbourne Sixth Form who experience financial constraints or barriers can apply to access additional funding to support their academic journey through their Key Stage 5 studies.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria can access this additional funding to assist with the cost of transport, essential course equipment, meals in school, educational visits, uniform or other school resources, the cost of attending university or career interviews, financial support towards childcare costs or exam re-sit fees.

A Bursary Fund Committee meets three times a year to consider applications and award bursaries.

Future opportunities

This course supports progression into further education, training or employment. Appropriate further education includes degrees in Geography or other related subjects.

Further information

What will it combine with?

Geography combines well with almost all other subjects, including maths and the sciences and complements particularly history, ethics, sociology and applied subjects such as business studies

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 February 2017
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