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Geography A Level at La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School

Course description

The Geography 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.

The units include opportunities to study current geographical topics in depth, such as water conflicts, energy security, plate tectonics as well as health and human rights to name but a few. Students will develop a range of skills by collecting and evaluating a wide range of qualitative and quantitative data through GIS and statistics.

Fieldwork is an essential part of the subject and students are expected to participate in residential fieldwork as well as local work organised in lessons. This provides the students with a valuable opportunity to prepare for the demands of a university course by the completion of an independent investigation on one of several exciting themes.

Entry requirements

To gain entry onto the A Level Pathway students would need 5 or more B grades in their GCSE qualifications including a C grade in Maths and English Language. A Level students should chose 3 subjects and the ASDAN COPE Award.


Paper 1: Dynamic Landscapes. 2 hours 15 minute externally assessed written paper. Weighting: 30% total GCE.

Paper 2: Dynamic Places. 2 hours 15 minute externally assessed written paper. Weighting: 30% total GCE.

Paper 3: Synoptic Investigation. 2 hours 15 minute externally assessed written paper. Weighting: 20% total GCE.

Coursework: Independent Investigation. This is an investigation report which is internally assessed and externally moderated. Weighting: 20% total GCE.

Future opportunities

Modern Geography is a very broad subject and it combines well with subjects from both the arts and sciences. The skills, knowledge and attitudes developed in Geography are highly regarded by employers and universities.

Further information

Field trips are central to a student’s Geographical experience and are compulsory at A level. Visits are made to London Docklands and the Thames Barrier to name but a few. There is also an option to visit Italy or Iceland!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 16 February 2017
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