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Geography A Level at The Hayesbrook School

Course description

Hayesbrook Geography A level results in 2018 were 82.5% A*-C (11 students) which was above the national average.

If you have ever wondered what is happening to the world around us and what you can do to help shape the future, then Geography is for you. We are living in an ever changing world facing many challenges. Our aim is to prepare students to lead and manage this change successfully for the future.

We follow the Edexcel 2 year A Level Geography course which encourages students to gain enjoyment, satisfaction and a sense of achievement as they develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject. This A Level course will enable students to be inspired by their geographical understanding, to engage critically with real world issues and places, and to apply their geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them. Students will grow as independent thinkers and as informed and engaged citizens, who understand the role and importance of geography as one of the key disciplines relevant to understanding the world’s changing peoples, places and environments.


Course content

There are 3 examinations and one independent investigation:-

Paper 1
25% of A Level
Examination – 2 hours
Content - Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Glaciation, Water and Water Insecurity, Carbon and Energy Security.

Paper 2
30% of A Level
Examination – 2 hours
Content – Globalisation, Regenerating Places, Superpowers and Migration, Identity and Sovereignty. 

Paper 3
25% of A Level
Examination 1 hour 45
Synoptic investigation of geographical issues

Paper 4
25% of A Level
Independent Investigation (including a minimum of four days of field work)
3000 – 4000 written report

Entry requirements

We expect our Sixth Formers to have achieved at least a Grade 4 in both their English and Maths GCSEs, and at least 3 other qualifications at 4+ (or equivalent), in addition they need a GCSE 5 grade (or equivalent) in the subjects selected for post 16 studies.


Examinations and coursework 

Future opportunities

Many university degree courses to choose from and higher level apprenticeships  are linked to A level Geography. It is a very employable subject and it links well with most of the other post 16 options at Hayesbrook. Below are some of the jobs that people with qualifications in this subject gain employment in.

  • Cartographer.
  • Commercial/residential surveyor.
  • Environmental consultant.
  • Geographical information systems officer.
  • Planning and development surveyor.
  • Secondary school teacher.
  • Town planner.
  • Public services
  • Data analysts 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years