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Geography A Level at Hugh Christie School

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About the Course

Board: OCR (H481)


Geography is literally all around us. It is the study of the world we live in at all different levels from microscopic processes, the local places we call home, the countries we are proud to belong to and the global communities we often forget we are part of. Geography is about how the world got to be like it is, how it is changing and what it will be like in the future. Geography is multidisciplinary (geographers tend to be interested in a huge range of topics). Geography is about issues, arguments and debates; whose side are you on? Geography is topical and relevant, just about every news event of every day will have a geographic context and the issue to be explored.


Course content

Units of Study


Glaciated Landscapes and Systems

1) How are glaciated landscapes formed?

2) How are glaciated landscapes changing?

3) How are glaciated landscapes used?

Earth’s Life Support Systems

1) How do carbon and water cycles operate?

2) How do carbon and water cycles change?

3) How are carbon and water cycles linked?




Changing Spaces and Places

1) What are places like and how do they compare?

2) How are places affected by change and inequality?

3) How are places influenced by large organisations?

Global Migration

1) What are the global patterns of migration?

2) Why has migration become so complex?

3) What are the issues associated with migration?

Human Rights

1) What are human rights?

2) How do women’s rights vary between countries?

3) How have human rights contributed to development?




Hazardous Earth

1) Why do hazards happen?

2) How do hazards affect people?

3) How can we live with hazards?

Exploring Oceans

1) What are oceans like and why do they matter?

2) How do people use and abuse oceans?

3) How is climate change affecting the oceans?


Entry requirements

A genuine enthusiasm for news and current affairs as well as an interest in how people affect the environment and how the environment affects people is also a must. Grade 5 in English and Maths.



1.5 hour Examination Paper

22% of the total A Level Qualification



1.5 hour Examination Paper

22% of the total A Level Qualification



2.5 hour Examination Paper

36% of the A Level in a 2.5 hour exam.



Students will undertake an independent investigation. It will involve the student designing the investigation, collecting and presenting a range of primary and secondary data and writing a report of 4000 words. The investigation will require substantial commitment from the student as it will be completed in their own time as part of their non-class studies and is 20% of the A Level

Future opportunities

There are almost too many employment opportunities directly connected with Geography to mention: travel industry, environment agency, hydrology, meteorology, development agency, oceanography, retail planning, town planning, business, cartography and teaching are but a few.


Universities and employers consider the geographer’s wide area of knowledge, huge variety of skills and ability to make logical decisions as invaluable. In fact, the Russell Group Report named Geography as one of the eight facilitating subjects. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and choosing facilitating subjects will keep more options open to you at university.


Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 22 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Gg

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