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Geography A Level at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

Why Study Geography?

Geography matters. It matters because it’s relevant. Geography’s relevance stems from the fact that it can lie at the heart of government policy making, as well as affecting the way we live our everyday lives. It considers some of the most critical issues affecting the planet today, such as population growth and migration, hazard impact, globalisation and environmental degradation. To understand Geography is to understand your world.

Geography’s strength lies in its breadth. It draws together just about all other subjects and explains the link between them all. It is the link between science and the arts and looks at key issues such as sustainability, interdependence and global citizenship. Universities and employers like Geography, as it provides you with so many useful and transferable skills; including analytical, statistical, presentational and research skills, useful in so many disciplines.

Course content

What Does The Course Involve?

A level

Component one: Physical systems

•       Glaciated landscapes

•       Earth’s life support systems: water and carbon cycles

Component two: Human interactions

•       Changing spaces, making places

•       Global connections: Migration and Human rights

Component three: Geographical debates

•       Hazardous earth

•       Disease dilemmas

Component four: Investigative geography

•       Independent investigation

An essential part of Geography is studying the environment first hand. The department organises a range of fieldwork opportunities to enable you to develop the necessary skills. These trips include a residential trip to North Wales at the start of the course to study glaciated landscapes and a two-day local trip to collect data for a range of geographical investigations. There are also optional trips organised to support different aspects of the course, including trips to; Iceland and New York.

Entry requirements

What Are The Entry Requirements?  

Five 4s. 5 in Geography.   


How Will I Be Assessed? Exam board: OCR

A level

Component one: Physical systems

•       1 hour 45 minutes written exam; 24% of A level

Component two: Human interactions

•       1 hour 45 minutes written exam; 24% of A level

Component three: Geographical debates

•       2 hour 30 minutes written exam; 32% of A level

Component four: Investigative geography

•       Internally assessed, externally moderated; 20% of A level


Future opportunities

Leading To A Career In? 

Geography is a subject that teaches transferable skills which help with many career paths and are highly valued in the job market.  Geography is particularly useful for careers in: environmental management, international aid/development, logistics and distribution, market researcher, nature conservation officer, tourism officer, transport/town planner, cartographer, surveyor and geographical information systems officer.

Further information

For further information please contact Mr B Evans ( or 01480 375700 ext 5795) 

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: 26 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Gg