A Level Geography
Exam Board: Edexcel
Why study this subject?
“Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future.” Michael Palin
Geography is a very relevant subject—just watch the news. The topics studied as part of the
A level course will certainly help deepen understanding of current issues and concerns. Geography is the perfect subject for someone who is interested in the human and physical world and is a bridge between science and arts subjects.
Topics studied include: Tectonic Hazards, Water Conflicts, Energy, Superpowers and Regenerating Places. Fieldwork and research are important elements of the course and there are fieldtrips to study rebranding in the town centre as well as a trip to Hunstanton to research coasts.
How is the course assessed?
Paper 1: 30% 2 hrs 15 mins
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.
Coastal Landscapes and Change – An integrated study of physical processes, landforms, landscapes and human processes.
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.
The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security – Carbon cycle, human and natural factors impacting on carbon cycling, the consequences for ecosystems and management strategies.
Paper 2: 30% 2 hrs 15 mins
Globalisation – A study of globalisation, its causes and consequences for different people and places.
Shaping Places (Regenerating 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.
Superpowers – The reasons for shifting economic and political power, the impacts of superpowers, influence of superpowers in governing the global commons.
Migration—How globalisation has encouraged migration, the role of IGOs in managing global environmental issues, and challenges to national identity.
Paper 3: 20% 2 hrs 15 mins
Synoptic investigation of a contemporary geographical issue.
A Level independent fieldwork investigation of 3000-4000 words.
Where can this subject lead to?
Geography is a subject which can offer a range of opportunities, including the civil service, construction, hazard management, education and the armed forces.