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Geography AS/A level (New Linear A level) at Heaton Manor School

Course description

From September 2016, Geography will follow the new linear style A Level structure. The A Level Geography course we will be following is with OCR.

In the first year of the A Level course students will study the physical components of landscape systems (coasts), and will participate in their physical fieldwork. This will help them develop their knowledge and understanding of the skills assessed. The human components covered in the first year are changing spaces and our disease debate study.

In the second year of the A Level course students will study the physical units of life support systems and will complete work based upon the topic of hazards. The human components covered are the human fieldwork, global connections where we will be studying migration and human rights, along with the completion of an independent project linked to one aspect of the course and fieldwork that has been carried out.

The new linear A Level is a very exciting course which covers many different aspects of Geography. The assessments are carried out in a variety of ways, including the completion of short and long answer questions, and the reintroduction of an independent study project.

Course content

Geography combines well with many other subject areas, but has particularly strong links with economics, biology and history. Many students choose to study Geography as it complements their knowledge in Maths, English and Modern Foreign Languages.

Key features of the course AS – landscape systems (coasts), changing spaces, disease issues and physical fieldwork

A2 – life support systems, hazards, global connections (migration and human rights) and human fieldwork

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved at least a B grade in GCSE Geography and Maths, along with a minimum of 4 other A*-C GCSEs.


At AS there are 2 exams.

Exam 1 is worth 60% and covers the topics of landscape systems and changing spaces.

Exam 2 is worth 40% and is a debate paper about disease.

At A2 there are 3 exams and a piece of independent investigation.

Exam 1 is worth 24% and covers earth’s support systems and landscape systems

Exam 2 is worth 24% and covers changing spaces and global connections.

Exam 3 is worth 32% and covers disease, hazards and some skills assessment.

The independent investigation is worth 20% 

Future opportunities

Geography is a popular option at A Level, and many who study it also go on to study it in some form at university. The skills developed during the course enable students to move into a wide range of occupations, including marketing and town planning. Geography graduates are highly employable and many now specialise in growth areas such as environmental and transport management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heaton Manor School directly.

Last updated date: 25 July 2016

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