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Geography A level at Hylands School

Course description

There are two main sections to the course which are taught through the two years.

Physical Geography

Unit A: We will be studying water and carbon cycles particularly from the point of natural systems across planet earth and how they are affecting life on our planet. There will be 2 main case studies where we will look at a tropical rainforest and also a local river.

Unit B: Here, we are looking at Coastal Systems and Landscapes. We will study coasts as natural systems and look at how process affects features. We will study how landscapes develop and how humans manage the coast. Our 2 case studies will be a local management scheme and a contrasting coastal area beyond the UK.

Unit C: This part of the course looks at Hazards and the different issues that they cause around the globe. Earthquakes and volcanoes will be studied along with storms and fires. Our examples will be both at a local scale as well as one beyond the UK.


Unit A: We will study global systems around the world along with how we govern different areas of the World. Consideration will be towards how well we manage resources and in particular, focus will be on the Antarctic.

Unit B: Changing Places is the focus and here we will be looking at how 2 different places have changed over time. A local area and another will be our examples.

Unit C: For this module—Contemporary Urban Environments - we will study how towns and cities are evolving along with current issues that affect urban areas, such as climate, drainage and urban waste. We will look at 2 contrasting urban areas.

Both of these Sections are examined at the end of Year 13, each paper being 150 minutes long.


Entry requirements

  • GCSE subject specific grade required: GCSE Geography minimum grade C.
  • Non GCSE Geography students may apply but must have a C grade in GCSE English and C grade in one other Humanities subject.
  • Pre-summer work required to be completed by students: Yes

Future opportunities

Geography is widely accepted as an A level subject suitable to access many university courses, or as a creditable A level qualification for post-18 employment. The skills and knowledge learned over the two years are widely transferable and very attractive to most employers. Careers embarked upon by many of our A level students include: Computer management, civil service, customs and excise, environmental monitoring, town and country planning, banking, teaching, officer in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, PhD research into Plate Tectonics and Economic Geography. Some of our students continue to study Geography at university whilst others find that the varied skills learnt at A Level equip them for the general world of work/further study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 November 2017

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