Exam Board: Edexcel    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE Geography, Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics.

Reasons to study A Leven Geography


Geography is a great subject to study if you are passionate about the world and want to make a difference. It will provide you with many transferrable skills such as evaluation, analysis, statistics and assessment and will set you up nicely for the world of work. At the same time, you will gain a deep understanding of the human and physical world and a curiosity for how they function and develop.

Course Outline


Unit 1 Principles and Applications of Science

Paper 1 Dynamic Landscapes:
Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – including Coastal Landscapes and Change
Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Paper 2 Dynamic Places:
Topic 3: Globalisation
Topic 4: Shaping Places – including Regenerating Places
Topic 7: Superpowers
Topic 8: Global Development and Connections including Health, Human Rights and Intervention

Paper 3 Synoptic Geography:
The specification contains three synoptic themes: Players, Attitudes and Actions, Futures/Uncertainties.
A geographical issue within a place-based context will form the basis to the synoptic investigation.
It links to the three synoptic themes and is has foundations in two or more of the compulsory content areas.

Paper 4/Coursework Independent Investigation:
Following an independent piece of field work pupils will define a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content. The choice may be related 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 a mixture of both physical and human. The investigation report will follow the process of enquiry and utilise evidence, independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of data findings and extended writing.

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Assessment Outline


Paper 1 Dynamic Geography: 105 marks, written exam (2 hours 15 minutes) and is worth 30% of the A Level.

Paper 2 Human Geography: 105 marks, written exam
(2 hours 15 minutes) and is worth 30% of the A Level.

Paper 3 Synoptic theme: 70 marks, written exam
(2 hours 15 minutes) and is worth 20% of the A Level.

Coursework Independent Investigation:
70 marks, Non-examined written assessment and is worth 20% of the A Level.

The style of question in examinations is open and resource linked along with extended writing.

There will be optionality within extended response questions, depending on the one theme taught.

Coursework is an independent investigation report which is assessed internally and externally moderated. Written report 3000-4000 words.

Progression Routes and Career Paths


  • Teaching
  • Travel correspondent
  • Environmental management
  • Cartographer
  • Disaster management
  • Weather forecaster
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Conservation Officer
  • International Aid Worker
  • Urban Planner
  • GIS based careers
  • Explorer

The Romero’s Geography Department


A committed team of expert teachers who share their love of their subject with passion.

Opportunities for enrichment and extensive field work to areas both locally and further afield with a vision of overseas fieldwork.

A team of teachers who at GCSE have, year on year, delivered some of the strongest outcomes in the country.

Further Information


For more information or if you have any questions about the A Level Geography course please contact:

Mr M Clarke – Subject Leader for Geography [email protected]