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Geography Edexcel AS and A Level at Larkmead School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a ‘reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 onwards. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade. 

Course content


Paper 1: 

Topic 1: Tectonic processes and hazards.

Topic 2: Glaciated landscape resistance and change OR Coastal landscapes and change.

Paper 2: 

Topic 3: Globalisation

Topic 4: Regenerating Places OR Diverse Places 



Paper 1:

Topic 1: Tectonic processes and Hazards

Topic 2: Landscapes Systems, Processes and Change.

Topic 3: The water Cycle and waster insecurity.

Topic 4: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security.

Topic 5: Climate Change Futures.


Paper 2:

Topic 6: Globalisation

Topic 7: Shaping Place Topic 8:.Superpowers

Topic 9: Global Development and Connections.

Paper 3:

The synoptic investigation paper will be based on a geographical issue within a place based context that is linked to three synoptic themes; players, attitudes and actions and futures and uncertainties.


Fieldwork which forms the focus and context of the individual investigation which may be either human, physical or integrated physical –human geography. This will allow students to define a question or issues for an investigation. 


How you will learn (investigations, course work etc.):

Apart from classroom work and use of ICT, across both years, there is an exciting opportunity to spend 4 days’ worth of fieldwork and research when investigating the topics chosen. Fieldwork can be a great experience and allows you to apply your knowledge and understanding in a practical way.


Skills you will need:

The Geography A Level will appeal to you if: 

  • you are curious about the world's places, peoples and environments
  • you like asking questions and finding answers
  • you are interested in local, regional and global issues
  • you have the ability to think independently
  • you wish to explore human, physical and environmental geographical relationships.
  • Independent study is vital. 

Entry requirements

To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.



Paper 1: 1 hour 30 min written examination worth 50% of the final As examination. Worth 80 Marks.

Paper 2: 1 hour 3

A2 :

Paper 1: 2 hour written examination worth 30% of the final A level examination. Worth 90 Marks.

Paper 2: 2 hour written examination worth 30% of the final A level examination. Worth 90 Marks.

Paper 3: 1 hour 45min written examination worth 20% of the final A level examination. Worth 60 Marks. Independent Investigation:

Non-examined assessment worth 20% of the final A level examination. Worth 60 marks. 

Future opportunities

An A Level in Geography opens doors! You will find that studying geography is a brilliant step towards a wider range of HE courses and/or employment opportunities.

Further education —geographers can go on to study higher level courses, including Foundation degrees, undergraduate degrees and/or BTEC Higher Nationals

Employment — geographers can go into a wide range of jobs, including:

  • Advertising
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Environmental management
  • Retailing
  • Finance
  • Sales
  • Law
  • Social/health service

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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      There is a well-structured enrolment and induction process for students wishing to join the sixth form, starting with a Consortium 16-19 Information Evening as well as a meeting for prospective students in November, followed by a meeting for prospective parents in March, and an induction day in the summer after the GCSE exams are finished. Once students have received their exam results in August, there are a number of enrolment clinic sessions to help students choose their courses and followed by a brief induction period before lessons commence.