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Sixth Form


Course Title: 


A level geography

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What is it all about?

The A level geography course gives a solid foundation for understanding the two main themes of the subject: human geography and physical geography. Between them, they are what make our planet function.   The human geography element of the course deals with how people and the environment interact through the topics of Changing Places, People and the Environment and Global Governance and Global Systems. Throughout these topics you learn about issues seen in the papers and on the news everyday, including issues of sustainability, population pressures and peoples’ perception of place. Physical geography is all about the scientific aspects of our world, with an emphasis on the processes that create them. It also debates the impacts of the environment on humans and looks into the future of the planet as we know it. The physical geography topics are Hazards, Coastal Processes and Systems and Water and Carbon Cycles. The end result of studying human and physical geography is that our students have a better understanding of how humankind and the Earth work together. It is not all theory either, you will take part in four days of fieldwork across the two year course which allows you to practice those all important geographical skills as well as deepen your understanding of the topics studied in class.


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How will I be assessed?

  • Component 1 – Physical Geography, 2 hour 30 minute exam, 40% Covering Water and Carbon Cycles, Coastal Systems and Landscapes and Hazards.
  • Component 2 – Human Geography, 2 hour 30 exam, 40% Covering Global Systems and Global Governance, Changing Places and Population and the Environment.
  • Component 3 – Geographical Investigation, NEA 20%.  Based on data collected in the field based on a research question developed by the student.


What are the entrance requirements?


Previous study of Geography at GCSE level is not essential; however, a good pass (Grade 4 and above) in this subject at GCSE will indicate your aptitude for studying geography at Advanced level and will certainly help you by developing knowledge and skills that you already have. 

What skills do I need?


In order to be successful in A level geography you need to demonstrate the following skills: organisation, literacy skills, numeracy skills, good awareness of current affairs, passion for geography



Future prospects?

Geography is the cornerstone of the curriculum, bringing the science and arts together. This means that A level geography can lead to a wide range of career paths and university courses. Career paths linked to geography include, but are not limited to, geology including oil and natural gas exploration, hazard management, conservation, agriculture, town planning, architecture, law, advertising, marketing and social care.

What do our students say?


  • ‘The trips have been fun. It is a better version of GCSE (geography) with more support and more interesting topics’


  • ‘Studying (A level) geography has been a really eye-opening experience for me. Through studying the course, I have found new interests, particularly the hazards unit, as well as being provided with excellent support which has allowed me to achieve the best grade I can’


  • ‘Taking geography as an A level has allowed me to look further into what is happening (in the world) and why. Natural disasters has been my favourite topic. The teachers are lovely and support you wherever you need it. Geography is the lesson I can’t wait to go to each day!’


Mrs Pye, Head of Geography, goes into detail about the A-Level Geography course and discusses the content and their experiences with a couple of our Y13 students.

Coast and Vale Learning Trust

About Coast and Vale Learning Trust

The Coast and Vale Learning Trust in Scarborough aims to improve education in the locality through establishing coherent and collaborative practice across schools and other educational institutions in the area.

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