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Geography A Level at Lansdowne College

Course description

A-Level Geography explores both the physical and human environments, and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. Importantly, it also shows the applied side of the subject – how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research helping students become independent thinkers and learners. Students learn by using maps, Geographical Information Systems, data analysis, photos, videos, podcasts, as well as attending lectures and study days. Students are encouraged to frame their own questions using higher level thinking skills and show a grasp of complex issues through report and essay writing.

Course content


  • Dynamic Landscapes – tectonic processes and hazards and the causes, impact and responses to them
  • Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – an integrated study of one landscape system and the physical and human processes influencing change over time and space; either glacial landscapes or coastal landscapes and change
  • Globalisation – a study of its causes and consequences for different people and places
  • Shaping Places – how and why places are shaped and changed, and the meanings and identities people attach to different places; this topic is the basis for fieldwork

In addition to the AS-Level topics, students explore:

  • Physical Systems and Sustainability – the water cycle and water insecurity and carbon cycle and energy security – human and natural factors impacting them and management strategies
  • Human Systems and Geopolitics – the impact of superpowers, the reasons for shifting economic and political power, and their influence in governing the global community
  • Global Development and Connections – either health, human rights and intervention, migration, or identity and sovereignty; this involves a minimum of four days of fieldwork


AS-Level Students 2 x 1hr 45mins papers at the end of 1st year. The questions are a mix of short and long responses

A-Level students 3 x 2hrs 15mins papers at the end of 2nd year. The questions are a mix of short and long responses. Students are also required to complete an independent fieldwork investigation of 3,000-4,000 words.

Future opportunities

Geography combines well with both hard science and social science subjects – for example, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Science, Sociology, Anthropology, etc.

For careers in the world of business, an understanding of global economics forms an important part of Geography. For students thinking of a career in law, human rights, international relations or welfare, Geography provides the opportunity to consider relevant issues from an international standpoint. Career opportunities are also growing in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location and managing the effects of hazards and climate change.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lansdowne College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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