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A Level Geography

Study Geography at the Sixth

Introduction by Head of Humanities Faculty:

Hear from the Students:

Exam Board:  OCR
Expected Entry Criteria:  Grade 6 or above in GCSE Geography

Why study this course?
As a Geographer you will develop many skills which are valued by employers, as well as developing a critical way of thinking about the world. Employers are looking for quality people to invest in, and Geography is a subject which explores the importance of the future. Uniquely, Geography bridges the gap between arts and science subjects and combines well with all other subjects.

What will I learn?

The A Level Geography specification provides a dynamic, contemporary and exciting opportunity for students to engage with the world around them. The course will inspire a love of Geography for lifelong learning, drawing on issues that are relevant to a student’s own learning of the subject in a variety of contexts. The course has been designed to strengthen geographical and fieldwork skills  gained at GCSE and delve more deeply into content.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of teacher-led lessons, group work and independent study. You will be able to develop your report writing, decision making/problem solving and presentation skills. The compulsory field trip days are always a highlight of the course!

How many hours a week private study will I have?

You should be spending 5 to 6 hours on your homework each week. In addition to the set homework you should read widely around the subject and keep up to date with current affairs – Geography really is ‘In the News’!

You’ll enjoy this course if…

You are interested in the world around you and you want to become a well informed and responsible citizen. “Geography is unique because it covers such a broad range of topics. You have the opportunity to explore both local and global issues. The fieldtrip provides a fantastic opportunity for the group to bond, and learning about a new part of the country is really interesting.” Year 13 Student.

Course Description:  
Components within the OCR A Level in Geography consist of:

Physical Systems
: you will investigate examples and case studies at a range of scales to understand the dynamic nature of landscapes and the water and carbon cycles.

Human Interactions:
you will investigate the actions, interactions and spatial patterns of people in places building a picture of how the world around you is shaped by humans, starting from the local and moving out to regional, national and
international scales.

Geographical Debates
: you will be encouraged to reflect on and think critically about some of the most dynamic issues the planet faces including ’Hazardous Earth and Future of Food’.

Investigative Geography
: you will be given the opportunity to undertake an independent investigation which is of particular interest to you, which can be related to any area of the specification.


Paper 1:  Physical Systems
External written examination, 22% of A Level (1 hour 30 mins)

Paper 2
Human Interactions
External written examination, 22% of A Level (1 hour 30 mins)

Paper 3:
  Geographical Debates

External written examination, 36% of A Level (2 hours 30 mins)

Paper 4:
  Investigative Geography
Non-examination assessment, 20% of A Level

For more information, contact Mrs K Wilson