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Geography A level at The Bourne Academy

Course description

This will interest students who want a broad numerate and literate A level which will develop your writing, graphical and statistical analysis. Traditionally, Geography combines well with other A Levels.You will have to be committed to carrying out 4 days of fieldwork over the 2 years.

At the end of the first year you will be awarded a grade for AS Geography. After the second year you will be awarded the full A level (A2)

Course content

Unit 1

  • 40% of the A Level
  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards

Unit 2

  • 40% of the A Level
  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • either Contemporary urban environments
  • or Population and the environment
  • or Resource security

Unit 3 - Coursework

  • 20% of A-level
  • 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. 3,000–4,000 words.

Entry requirements

Students will need to have five or more A*- C grades at GCSE and you must have good background in science. A level Geography is a demanding academic course requiring strong analysis skills and an awareness of current events. Geography GCSE not essential but the student will need to be aware that they will need to complete additional research to catch up.


Overall, A level Geography is 80% examination and 20% coursework.

Future opportunities

Geographers are good team members, think analytically and critically, are socially and environmentally aware with a wider experience because of fieldwork, Geographers have excellent employability skills as this broad subject is a good foundation for careers in the environment, business, politics and economics, travel and tourism, media and communications, development and aid work as well as IT and Geographical Information systems.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years