geography

A Level Geography

Exam Board
Edexcel
Entry requirements
GCSE Grade B in Geography (or 9 - 1 equivalent)
What will I study?
You will study two main topics that cover a wide range of geographical issues. This will lead directly to two written exams and feed into a synoptic exam and a piece of independent coursework.

Unit 1:
This will include:
• Tectonic processes
• Coastal landscapes and change
• The water cycle and water insecurity
• The carbon cycle and energy security

Unit 2:
This will include:
• Globalisation
• Regenerating places
• Superpowers
• Global development and connections

Unit 3:
A synoptic exam based on a resource booklet which focuses on:
• Players
• Attitudes and actions
• Futures and uncertainties
On a particular geographical issue


Unit 4: Coursework
Students will undertake a piece of coursework that examines a geographical issue of their choosing, linked to topics within Unit 1 and Unit 2.
Unit 1 and Unit 2 both have individual written examinations, which contribute 30% each of the overall grade.
Assessment
The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. It will also include 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions. It lasts for 2 hours 15 minutes.
 
Unit 3 will also be an individual written examination where questions may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 8-mark, 18-mark and 24-mark extended writing questions. It also lasts for 2 hours 15 minutes.
 
Unit 4 is a 3,000-4,000 word written report done based on fieldwork data collected independently.
What skills will I gain?
Students will gain a wide range of skills from studying Geography. These include critical analysis, evaluation, and problem solving, researching and extended writing skills.
Studying beyond the classroom 
 
Future pathways
Studying Geography can lead to a wide range of careers linking directly to important sustainability issues of the future, as well as careers in GIS, environmental consultancy, economics and business, town planning and surveying.