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A Level Geography at St Anselm's Catholic School

Course description

Course Overview

How is our climate changing? Will we ever be able to feed the world’s population? How can we improve the quality of life in our inner cities? These are examples of the fascinating issues that you will examine when you study

Geography. The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Our role in that change is more important than ever. Geography explains the changes and helps to prepare people. It is a subject about now and the future.

Geography gives a balanced viewpoint which is good preparation for the world of work.

Employers want people with the following attributes

Good communication skills              Ability to work as a team             Computer literacy

Ability to manage themselves          Numeracy and literacy                 Spiritual awareness

Ability to solve problems                   Environmental awareness           Social awareness



Geography is a diverse and rewarding subject to study. It can be combined with a large number of other A Level subjects and provides an excellent basis for gaining skills.



Course content

Paper 1 (30% of A Level) 1hr 30 min exam
Content Overview:
Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Secirity
Topic 7 Climate Change Futures

Paper 2 (30% of A Level) 1hr 30 min exam
Content Overview:
Topic 3: Globalisation
Topic 4: Shaping Places
Topic 8: Superpowers
Topic 9: Global Development and Connections


Paper 3 (20% of Al Level) 1hr 45min exam
Content Overview:
The specification contains three synoptic themes within the compulsory content areas:
Attitudes and actions
Futures and uncertainties
The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.

Coursework: Independent Investigation (20% of A Level)
Content Overview:
The student defines an question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content.  The topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification.
The student’s investigation will incorporate fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a group) and own research and/or secondary data

· The fieldwork which forms the focus and context of the individual investigation may be either human, physical or integrated physical-human

· The investigation report will evidence independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of data findings and extended writing

· Students will be expected to show evidence that they have used both quantitative and qualitative data to support their independent investigation as appropriate to the particular environment and / or location.


Year 12 field trip to Herne Bay to study coastal management processes and to

Canterbury to study urban change. Year 12 and 13 trip to study tectonic hazards in

Iceland (every 2 years).

Bespoke lectures at Christchurch University.


Future opportunities

Where can this course take me?

Geography is a wide-ranging and multi-faceted subject which can lead to, and aid, many future career paths such as education, military, medicine and the further study of geographical or natural science as well as sociology and anthropology


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year