A-LEVEL GEOGRAPHY

Providing The Skills Sought By Higher Education And Employers

Exam Board and Specification Code: Edexcel 9GN0

Why Study Geography?

In today’s globally interconnected society, it is more important than ever that we understand the world around us. Our aim is to develop pupils’ awareness of the complexity of interactions within and between societies, economies, cultures and environments, at scales from local to global. Geography is a very wide-ranging topic interested primarily in human and environmental development. The subject forms an important link between the arts and science subjects at A-Level, and at university where it can be studied either as a BSc or BA.

Geography ranks amongst the eight most important ‘facilitating subjects’ according to the Russell Group of universities, making it one of the most valuable subjects to study, providing pupils with the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm sought by higher education and employers. The syllabus covers a wide variety of material, enabling pupils to apply theory to real examples and case studies around the world. Pupils learn to take a synoptic view, showing an awareness of the wider geographical world linking their ideas together.

What is Covered by the Course?

Students follow the AQA Specification.

Topics covered over the two-year linear A-Level include:

Physical Modules

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Hazards
  • Hot desert environments

Human Modules

  • Changing places
  • Global systems and global governance
  • Population and the environment

These modules have been developed to excite pupils’ minds, challenge perceptions and stimulate their investigative and analytical skills. In addition, all pupils are required to undertake fieldwork in relation to processes in both physical and human geography. This fieldwork is assessed through an independent investigation, demonstrating the knowledge, skills and understanding learned through the study.