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Geography A Level at Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Course description

The world we live in is changing. Geography allows us to see why and how it is changing. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy skills, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team-work and problem solving skills, as well as environmental awareness.

“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?” Michael Palin.

Students will cover a wide range of topics and experience a variety of learning and teaching approaches.

What goes well with this course?

Geography goes well with a wide range of subjects including:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • History
  • Economics
  • Politics

Course content

Geography students study a range of Human and Physical topics and explore how their own actions can relate to the wider world.  Students will undertake geographical fieldwork and research as well as develop their geographical skills and thier confidence in working with statistical techniques. 

Course content

Physical topics: Tectonic hazards and processes; Coastal landscapes and change. The water cycle and water insecurity; The carbon cycle and energy insecurity.

Human topics: Globalisation; Shaping places. Superpowers and geopolitics; Global development and connections

The A Level course include compulsory fieldtrips within the UK.  This forms an essential part of exam preparation and coursework at A Level and does involve a financial cost.  Please contact the Geography Department if you require further information.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, there are different entry requirements for students with and without GCSE Geography:

Students should also meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:  

  • Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 4 in Maths, or
  • Grade 5 in Geography, Grade 4 in English Language and Grade 5 in Maths

The Advanced GCE in Geography will appeal to students if they:

  • are curious about the places, peoples and environments across the globe
  • like asking questions and finding answers
  • are interested in local, regional and global issues
  • have the ability to think independently
  • wish to explore human, physical and environmental geographical relationships

Students should have an interest in the natural and human world, be good at written and spoken communication and enjoy discussion and working with others.


The A Level is 20% coursework and 80% examination based, with three papers sat in June.

The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel

Future opportunities

Many of our students go on to take a degree in Geography or a closely related subject. Employers like Geographers because they develop skills in literacy, numeracy, IT and spatial awareness; additionally, they develop team skills and can articulate and analyse complex problems.

Studying Geography opens up a wide range of careers, including Environmental Management, Business and Marketing, Planning, Travel & Tourism and Leisure related work. Teachers will be able to advise students about university entry and careers of an environmental or geographical nature.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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