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Geography A level at Wren Academy

Course description

With a constantly evolving world, there has never been a better time to study geography. We are affected by geography every day with issues such as climate change, migration, demographics, social cohesion, contested water and environmental concern s being major topics for consideration. Geography provides you with the transferrable skills and knowledge required to advance you professionally and personally. To quote Michael Palin, former President of the Royal Geographical Society: “Geography is all about the living, breathing essence of the world we live in. It explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?”

Course content

Paper 1

  • Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
  • Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Topic 7: Climate Change Futures

Paper 2

  • Topic 3: Globalisation
  • Topic 4: Shaping Places
  • Topic 8: Superpowers
  • Topic 9: Global Development and Connections

Paper 3

The specification contains three synoptic themes within the compulsory content areas:

  • Players
  • Attitudes and actions
  • Futures and uncertainties

The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.

Paper 4

  • The student will produce a written report of 3000– 4000 words.
  • The student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content and will incorporate fieldwork data and own research and/or secondary data.
  • The fieldwork which forms the focus and context of the individual investigation may be either human, physical or integrated physical-human.

Entry requirements

B at GCSE in Geography or History.


Paper 1  - Written examination: 2 hours 30% of the qualification 90 marks.

Paper 2 - Written examination: 2 hours 30% of the qualification 90 marks.

Unit 3 - Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 20% of the qualification 60 marks.

Unit 4 - Non-examined assessment 20% of the qualification 60 marks.

Future opportunities

Geography teaches you many skills and it is therefore valued by many employers. Geography students can choose to follow Geography specific courses or use their skills to follow other career paths for example business, law, finance and anthropology. Geography specific courses include: Geography, Geology, Meteorology, Urban Planning, biogeography, volcanology, demographic surveying and mapping, conservation, development and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wren Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years