Geography A-level

Studying A-level Geography will develop your knowledge of locations, places, processes and environments both locally and globally.

You will learn about the complexity of people-environment interactions and understand some of the key issues facing the world today, such as climate change and global migration.

You will also develop quantitative and qualitative skills including observing, collecting and analysing geo-located data to apply to fieldwork and research.

What topics/modules are covered?

  • Unit 1 – Physical Geography: Changing Landscapes and Tectonic Hazards
  • Unit 2 – Human Geography: Changing Places
  • Unit 3 – Global Systems and Global Governance. Processes and patterns of global migration and global governance of the Earth’s oceans
  • Unit 4 – Contemporary Themes in Geography

You will select two optional themes from:

  • Ecosystems
  • Economic Growth and Challenge: India or China or Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Energy Challenges and Dilemmas
  • Weather and Climate
  • Unit 5 – Independent investigation

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1: four structured questions with data response: 24% of the qualification
  • Unit 2: five structured questions with data response, 3 of these based on the student’s fieldwork investigation: 16% of the qualification
  • Unit 3: four structured questions with data response: 24% of the qualification
  • Unit 4: an extended response question and two essays: 16% of the qualification
  • Unit 5: non-exam assessment: 20% of the qualification

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

Geography can lead to a wide range of university courses, for example, Environmental Impact Analysis, Town and Country Planning, Environmental Conservation, and careers in specialist areas including Environmental or Natural Hazard Management, Tourism, Conservation, working overseas as well as urban design in the UK.

What qualification will I gain?

EDUQAS Geography A-level (601/8847/9).

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 10:51