Geography A-level

2 years
South Sefton Campus

Course Details

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.

  • 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
  • Unit 5 – Independent investigation

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

If you intend to study a programme of three A-level subjects or two A-level subjects and one BTEC Extended Certificate subject:

  • You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above including English Language and Maths. If you haven’t achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths, there may be an opportunity to re-sit this alongside your other subjects.

Additional entry requirements:

  • You must have achieved at least a grade 4 in GCSE Geography.

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.

EDUQAS Geography A-level (601/8847/9)
  • 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
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

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.

University Guarantee

Every Hugh Baird College student who successfuly achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

As an A-level student you will be based at our South Sefton Campus. This is a multi-million pound campus for dedicated to A-levels and was opened in 2009.

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at South Sefton Campus. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.