Geography A-Level


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Qualification Level: A Level

Qualification Duration: 2 years

Exam Board: OCR (H481)


A level Geography addresses key ideas and debates in our world today. It tackles natural hazards, changing landscapes, climate change, globalisation, urban regeneration and management of the world’s resources. Students will explore a range of issues and examine potential solutions to them. The course will be delivered in a variety of ways such as research using IT, journals and newspapers, fieldwork techniques, early exam practice to help students to develop their exam technique as well as seminars and presentations.

Year one content: (the content can form the stand alone AS qualification H081):

  • Landscape systems – Coastal Landscapes. We investigate the natural processes that shape our coastlines as well as how humans can alter and manage them.
  • Changing Spaces; Making Places – a human geography unit exploring how places change over time, their meaning to different people and how dynamic they are.
  • Geographical Debates - Disease Dilemmas. We study the physical and human factors that can affect an individual’s and community’s susceptibility to the risk of diseases such as HIV and AIDS, malaria and cardio-vascular disease. We will also study how effectively these diseases are dealt with.
  • Independent Investigation (coursework) worth 20% of final grade. This is started in year 12 and completed early in year 13.

Year two content:

  • Completion of Independent Investigation
  • Earth’s Life Support Systems - the water and carbon cycles. We will investigate how water and carbon are cycled between the land, oceans and the atmosphere and how this is threatened by human activity.
  • Global connections:
  • Trade in the Contemporary World OR Global Migration and
  • Human Rights OR Power and Borders
  • Geographical Debates – Hazardous Earth. Investigating the evidence for tectonic processes, the main hazards generated by them and the implications for managing them.

Trips and other costs:

PLEASE NOTE that all A level Geography courses have a compulsory requirement for fieldwork. Currently we plan to undertake a five day residential trip to Nettlecombe FSC to enable students to collect fieldwork data for their independent investigation. The cost of this trip is approximately £350.

Career and further study:

The A level Geography course is a well respected, academic, facilitating subject that can help to provide access to many degree courses such as science, economics and social sciences. A wide and current knowledge of the world around them, as well as research and report writing skills means that Geographers possess the skills that employers want their staff to have. There is a huge variety of potential careers with a Geography degree including surveying, GIS analyst, land planning and management, conservation work, environmental consultant and public sector careers.