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Geography A Level at Itchen College

Course description

This is a course for those who have a keen interest in the environment and wish to pursue Geography at higher education.

This course is for you if... have an interest in and concern for the environment and current affairs. want the opportunity to carry out practical work outdoors and class work. want to broaden your A Level studies to cover both sciences and humanities.

Course content

Unit 1 (30%)

This unit will cover:

  • Tectonic processes and hazards
  • Landscape systems, processes and change
  • The water cycle and water insecurity
  • The carbon cycle and energy security
  • Climate change futures

Unit 2 (30%)

This unit will cover:

  • Globalisation
  • Shaping places
  • Superpowers
  • Global development and connections

Unit 3: Synoptic unit (20%)

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.

Independent Investigation (20%)

The student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the subject.

  • The students’ investigation will incorporate fieldwork data and their  own research
  • The fieldwork which forms the focus and context of the individual investigation may be either human, physical or integrated physical-human

Entry requirements

Grade 9-6 in English and Maths and three or more GCSEs at grades A*-C. It is not essential to have Geography at GCSE. Students MUST be prepared to do fieldwork.

Additional guidance is available at interview. 


80% exam 20% coursework

Future opportunities

Students with Geography have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. Geography is one of the Russell Group’s facilitating subjects and is widely regarded for its academic rigour.

Many students choose to use their qualification to go straight into employment rather than on to higher education.

Further information

Students will benefit from trips internationally and around the UK to complete practical fieldwork, as well as being able to conduct their own geographical research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Itchen College directly.

Last updated date: 11 August 2016

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