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Sir Graham Balfour School Geography A Level Pearson (Block D) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description

A contemporary, issues-based approach to the study of Geography that students will love Geography, and the world we study, is ever-changing. That’s why the Pearsons Geography A Level qualifications focuses on fundamental processes, reflect the world around us and foster an understanding of what could impact its future.

Course content

Dynamic Landscapes

Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards - Tectonic processes, a study of the causes of tectonic hazards, the impact of tectonic activity on people, and responses to tectonic hazards.

Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change - An integrated study of processes, landforms and landscapes. A study of one landscape system and the physical and human processes influencing change over time and space - Option 2b: Coastal Landscapes and Change.

Dynamic Places

Topic 3: Globalisation - A study of globalisation, its causes and consequences for different people and places.

Topic 4: Shaping Places - A study of how and why places are shaped and changed, the meanings and identities attached to different places and the consequences for different people - Option 4a: Regenerating Places.

Physical Systems and Sustainability

Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity - Water cycle, human and natural factors that impact on water cycling, consequences for water security and future water conflicts.

Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security - Carbon cycle, human and natural factors impacting on carbon cycling, the consequences for ecosystems and management strategies.

Human Systems and Geopolitics

Topic 7: Superpowers - Superpowers, the reasons for shifting economic and political power, the impacts of superpowers, influence of superpowers in governing the global commons.

Topic 8: Global Development and Connections - Option 8a: Health, Human Rights and Intervention

Entry requirements

The standard entry criteria to study in the sixth form is an 9-4 or A*-C in at least seven different subjects, including mathematics which would usually be at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).


To study other subjects already taken at GCSE you must achieve  at least a grade 5 or C grade or above in that subject.


Paper 1 – Dynamic Landscapes and Physical Systems and Sustainability – 2hours 15 minutes – 30%

Paper 2 – Dynamic Places and Human Systems and Geopolitics – 2 hours 15 minutes – 30%

Paper 3 – Synoptic Investigation – 2hours 15 minutes – 20%

Coursework – Independent Investigation – 3000-4000 word report – 20%

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Future opportunities

YYou could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Travel and Tourism or Health and Social Care, to prepare for higher education in areas of geography, humanities, science or more general higher education courses.With further training, you could go on to a job related to geography and work as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster.There is a wide range of jobs geography graduates go into every year when they leave school, college or university with Geography qualifications. These include Advertising   Education   EnvironmentalManagement   Finance   Law   Marketing   Retail   Sales   Social/health services   Urban Planning and Teaching.The course also helps you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Stafford Partnership directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 12DGbGG1