The  AS and A2 geography course focuses on the rapidly changing world around us and concentrates on the relationship between people and their environments. In studying it you will discuss, critically, many controversial issues such as growing cities, energy resources and development. In A level geography you will study seven units over two years covering a range of topics in addition to undertaking fieldwork.

These will be:

Year 1:

Rivers, floods and management, Cold environments, Population change, Energy issues

Year 2:

Plate tectonics and associated hazards, World cities and  Development and globalisation


Year 1

Unit 1 – GEOG1 Physical and Human Geography 70% of AS,

35% of A Level

2 hour written examination 120 marks

Structured short and extended questions

Unit 2 – GEOG2 Geographical Skills 30% of AS,

15% of A Level

1 hour written examination 50 marks

Structured skills and generic fieldwork questions

Year 2

Unit 3 – GEOG3 Contemporary Geographical Issues

30% of A Level

2 hour 30 minutes written examination 90 marks

Structured short and extended questions, plus an essay

Unit 4 – GEO4A Geography Fieldwork Investigation

 20% of A Level 1

hour 30 minutes written examination 60 marks

GEO4A – structured short and extended questions based on candidates’ fieldwork investigation and fieldwork skills.


Throughout the course you will develop a wide variety of useful skills such as:

  • Problem solving, e.g. planning and management issues.
  • Data collection, analysis and presentation.
  • Use of instruments.
  • Social skills – fieldwork in groups and using questionnaires.


  • Fieldwork will help increase your self-reliance and initiative as well as your ability to work on your own and as part of a team. These, and the skills mentioned above, are the ones that employers look for in an increasing competitive world. All students will participate in a four day residential. Previous trips have included Slapton Ley, Devon and Snowdonia.


A-level geographers will learn more about the workings of the world to help them take their adult place within it, and gain skills that will help them gain employment within this world. A good geographer will always be able to adapt and “see the wood for the trees” no matter how fast the world changes

Important Equipment and Resources

A4 folder, Wellies and a waterproof coat

A Level Geography

Ways in which you can support your child’s progress

We would expect students to be spending a minimum of four hours per week on homework and independent study e.g. assignments, researching and reading around the subject and ensuring their lesson notes are up to date, creating revision resources etc.

Michael Palin: ‘Without Geography, you’re nowhere.’