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Geography A Level

Why study Geography A level?

Through studying Geography you will have a greater understanding of the world that we live in and develop a deeper understanding of the physical and human processes shaping the world we live in- whether at the local, national or global scales.

What will I learn?

Physical Geography

Physical Geography draws on a physical science perspective and explores physical processes and how they bring about change in our world.

  • How the water cycle and the carbon cycle function on our planet
  • Landscape systems: the processes shaping our landscape in the UK and in the world (rivers, coasts and glaciation)
  • How different hazards (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, drought, tropical storms) affect particular regions and countries around the world
  • Geographical skills: map reading, mathematical and statistical calculations on data sets
  • Analyse and assess geographical issues which span between physical and human geography

Human Geography

Human Geography explores the world through a social science perspective examining how and why human societies change and develop.

  • Global systems and governance/globalisation: how the world is becoming increasingly interconnected
  • How places change over time (regenerating and diversifying places)
  • Global connections (global health, migration, resources, environments)
  • Geographical skills: map reading, mathematical and statistical calculations on data sets
  • Analyse and assess geographical issues which span between physical and human geography

Coursework (non-exam assessment-NEA)

You will complete four days of fieldwork throughout the duration of your A level Geography (two human and two physical). During this time, teachers will guide you on different investigation questions and data collection methods. After a pilot study, you will generate your own investigation question linked to the A level specification and collect data for this. The NEA is a 3,000-4,000 word opportunity for you to develop the experience writing at length on a geographical enquiry (much like you would do at university). This provides you with the opportunity to show your methodology, data collection techniques, data presentation techniques, show statistical mathematics on your data sets, and express a critical analysis and evaluation on the meaning of your investigation.

Each paper has a mixture of multiple-choice, short and long answer questions which include a range of maths skills.

What other subjects go with Geography?

Due to the scientific nature of Physical Geography, students often combine with maths, chemistry and/or biology. However, the grounding of Human Geography is based in the arts, so pairs well with History, Politics and/or Philosophy and Theology.

All students must be comfortable with GCSE level mathematics in order to perform statistical tests on their data sets from fieldwork collection.

Where could it lead me?

Geography is one of the most employable disciplines due to the range of skills it demands. Not only can Geographers write extremely well, they can interpret data, create visual representations on these data, and produce reports. These skills are vital for careers in travel and tourism, environmental work, international charities, law, academic, the heritage sector, politics, public affairs, business, teaching diplomacy and the British Government and Civil Service.

Geography is widely accepted as one of the most traditional and rigorous academic subjects and is highly valued by the top universities in the world.


“So many of the world’s current problems boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them.”

Michael Palin