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Geography A Level at The Archbishop's School

Course description

The new specification A Level Geography course builds on skills that students have started to develop in Years 10 and 11.


In the first year, students will study coastal systems and hazards in the physical section and global systems with contemporary urban environments in the human section.  The course combines the need to be aware of what is happening in a dynamic modern world, with the technical understanding of how our physical world works.  Our students’ ability to use both quantitative and qualitavtive remains an important component of their studies.  These skills will be applied to work in the classroom and in fieldwork as well as in the subsequent essay.


The fieldwork will be over four days as a minimum and will provide an opportunity to conduct an individual investigation.  The value of this is enormous for students considering further education as it emulates the style of education delivered at university, reproducing the freedom to express interests in particular areas of the specification.

Entry requirements

5 x A*-C or 9-5 including English and Mathematics (preferably with Science disciplines).  B and above grades in Geography would be advantageous


The physical and human components of the course will be assessed at the end of the two years, each worth 40% of the final grade.  During the course, the content will be delivered in a manner similar to how lessons are delivered in Year 10 and 11 classes.  This will be with a combination of learning content from a variety of sources and having practice at applying it, using past exam papers and other recommended materials from the exam board AQA.

Future opportunities

The Geography A Level qualification gives students the opportunity to examine a wide range of contemporary local and global issues.  It encourages students to take an interest in the world around them and consider their own values and attitudes in relation to the themes and issues being studied.

If you already know what you want to do, be it tracking deforestation in the Amazon or planning housing developments for a local council, a Geography A Level qualification can lead onto a range of related degrees at university level, including oceanography, international development, geology, conservation, sustainable energy, hazard management and tourism.

A Level Geography is also relevant in a number of jobs.  “It’s a very employable subject,” says Steve Brace, head of education and outdoor learning at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 January 2017
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