A Level Geography

Exam Board


Course Entry Requirement

7 or above in Geography, English and Mathematics

Course Overview


Unit 1: Dynamic Landscapes

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Glacial Landscapes and Change

Unit 2: Dynamic Places

  • Globalisation
  • Regenerating Places

Unit 3: Physical Systems and Sustainability

  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Carbon Insecurity

Unit 4: Human Systems and Geopolitics

  • Superpowers
  • Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

Students will be expected to attend at least one residential fieldwork trip.

As part of their studies, students complete an independent fieldwork investigation worth 25% of their final mark.

There are three exams at the end of Year 13 - each 2 hours 15 minutes. Students do not sit the AS exam.


Students are regularly assessed on both their knowledge and on their ability to respond to the various questions formats in the exams. PLCs are available on MyPLC.

Support Materials

Reading lists will be provided on commencing the course. The Edexcel website has a range of useful materials and information.

Any Specialist Equipment Required?

Pens, pencils, ruler, protractor, drawing compass. Appropriate clothing and footwear for fieldtrips.

Key Dates

Clubs or Interventions

Future Careers/Uni Courses

A Level is a good stepping stone to geography and geography-related degrees (geology, environmental science etc). It is also a ‘facilitating’ subject - regarded by Russell Group university as a good supporting subject to those required for any degree. Its breadth and focus on research, analysis and the understanding of complex systems makes geography students highly sought-after in the worlds of business, finance, research and academia.

"Geography: it’s the must have A Level…a subject for our times."

The Guardian, 2015

"This is a great age for geography. Very big questions - climate, poverty, disease, migration, water, energy, biodiversity - all demand geographical analysis, as do specific national issues in the UK, like housing, social deprivation, flooding and regional development… geography has never been so important."

Nicholas Crane (RGS-IBG President)

"Geography is interesting, it broadens my understanding of how different our world is. It provides me with a wide range of skills which are valued by universities and employers."

Year 12 Geography Student

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