A Level Geography

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Geography A Level
Code GY
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


If you want to change the world, you have to understand it.

At A level you will study places, people, and the connections between them. To quote Danny Dorling: “Geography is also the study of energy; how it builds mountains and then destroys them. It’s also the energy that flows through our atmosphere, bringing us our weather and changing our climate.” 

The course is a mixture of physical and human geography and provides an opportunity to carry out fieldwork in the UK as well as overseas. You will also carry out an individual independent research project.

Geographers are involved in investigating and solving climatic change, sea-level change, pollution, population growth and landscape degradation. Understanding the processes behind the changes and being able to predict outcomes means that you will gain essential skills necessary to contribute to the management of these issues in the future. 

As a Geographer, you will develop excellent skills in both numeracy and literacy as well as learning how to use Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

“Lessons are engaging and provide the opportunity for sharing views and debate, as well as interactive learning using class computers and online resources such as ArcGIS.”  MARIA, Geography student.


First year
You will study ‘Changing Spaces; Making Places’ which looks at the dynamic and multi-layered understandings of places. You will also investigate coastal landscapes exploring the coastlines of Dubai and Dorset and learn about the Earth’s life support systems – its carbon and water cycles in the Arctic and the tropical forests.
You also take a module in Investigative Geography with a field trip to Norfolk to support your learning and your independent work on your own project. There will be an optional overseas study tour in July.

Second year
You will study contemporary topics of Migration and Power and Borders – studying places as diverse as south Sudan and Syria. Additionally you will study in depth: Disease and Hazardous Earth. In these themes you will investigate some of the most complex problems facing us – resource insecurity and climate change as well as the role of globalisation.

How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in Geography AND grade 4 in Mathematics OR

GCSE grade 6 in English (Language or Literature) AND grade 4 in Mathematics. Must also have minimum grade 4 in Geography, if studied.

Minimum Entry Admissions Score applies

Your next steps...

The majority of students progress to higher education. However, the skills you acquire will also be useful for employment. Many of our students go on to study Geography at University or related courses such as Environmental Science or International Development.