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Geography A Level at Monkwearmouth Sixth Form College

Course description

Geography is a highly relevant and flexible subject that deals with the real world. It helps you to understand the increasingly complex world we live in and make sense of the big issues we all face.

It is a subject this is extremely useful and can be successfully combined with science, humanities or English subjects.

The aim of the course is to study questions, problems and issues that arise from the interactions of people with the environment.

Study Geography to...

Enrich your understanding of the ever changing world in the 21st Century, from a local to a global scale.

Develop a wide range of transferrable skills including: communication; technological and cartographical skills; problem-solving skills; numeracy and literacy.

Course content

We follow AQA specification, which gives you a chance to study current and relevant topics.

It is important to us that case study materials are continuously changing so you can study what is happening in the world around you now! Some examples of themes studied can be seen in the table below:




Water and Carbon cycles

Factors influencing flooding

Wild fires and volcanic activity influence on the carbon cycle

Water and carbon in the tropical rainforest

Coastal landscapes and processes

Volcanic and seismic hazards

Tropical storms and their causes

Multi hazard environments



International trade and world markets


Sustainable development

Governance of Antarctica

Important of place

Influence of place


Pollution and urban micro climates

Urban planning and sustainable growth

Economic and social well being


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Entry requirements

In order to be considered for this course, a Grade 6 or above in GCSE English or English Literature would be desirable. Should you still wish to be considered with a Grade 5, you should request an interview with the course leader Mr Thornton.


All assessment will be linear with there being two exams. You will sit all exams and submit all written assessments at the end of Year 13.


Physical paper: 2.5hrs - worth 40% of the A level

A: Water and carbon cycles

B: Coastal systems and landscapes

C: Hazards

Human paper: 2.5hrs - worth 40% of the A level

A: Global systems and governance

B: Changing places

C: Contemporary Urban environments


Geographical investigation: 4000 word report.

Worth 20% of the A level. Based on a question about any part of the specification. This is an independent study of a topic of your choice, linked to the content studied in class.

What will lessons be like?

You will be involved in a wide range of learning experiences, which will include fieldwork, ICT, role play, debates, simulations, group work and discussion. The aim of the course is to use contemporary case studies to examine key themes and Geographical issues.



The fieldwork in Geography will take place throughout the course with a minimum of four fieldwork days relating to both the Human and Physical elements of the course. There will be additional opportunities to complete fieldwork and experience out of classroom learning though out the A Level. This will give you a head start in building upon transferrable skills employers look for, alongside understanding the topics in more depth.

Future opportunities

Geography is highly valued by Universities as an A Level choice. The Russell Group report published in 2012 named Geography as one of the eight ‘facilitating’ subjects. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses—keeping more options open to you!

Having an A Level in Geography can be advantageous when applying for jobs, especially those in environment and sustainability, business, development and global issues, travel, real estate, tourism, leisure and culture.

Geography graduates experience some of the lowest levels of graduate unemployment. You will find geographers working in every sector of the economy including the City, local businesses, not-for-profit organisations, leading highly relevant research or as key decision makers in local and national government.


See for more information on what you can do with a Geography degree.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Monkwearmouth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 21 February 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: A Level Geography