Studying Geography at A-Level will enable you to engage critically with real world issues and places whilst allowing you to apply your geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around you. The course will highlight roles and importance of geography as one of the key disciplines relevant to understanding the world’s changing peoples, places and environments.y.


·         Develop knowledge of locations, places, processes and environments at a range of geographical scales

·         Recognise the complexity of people-environment interactions at all geographical scales and appreciate how they underpin understanding of some of the key issues facing the world today

·         Understand the fundamental role of fieldwork as a tool to understand and generate new knowledge about the real world, and become skilled at planning, undertaking and evaluating fieldwork in appropriate situations

Exam board: Edxcel
Syllabus title: Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Geography
Course code: A Level - 9GEO

Course content

Dynamic Landscapes

Topic 1: Tectonic Processes
Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – a choice of either 2.1 Glaciated
Environments and Change or 2.2 Coastal Landscapes and Change
Dynamic Places
Topic 3: Globalisation
Topic 4: Shaping Places – a choice of either 4.1 Regenerating Places or 4.2 Diverse Places
Physical Systems and Sustainability
Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
Topic 7: Climate Change Futures
Human Systems and Geopolitics
Topic 8: Superpowers
Topic 9: Global Development and Connections – a choice of either 9.1 Health, Human
Rights and Intervention or 9.2 Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.

Assessment and weighting

A Level


Paper 1 – The Physical Environment (Topics 1, 2, 5 and 6)
Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes
30% of qualification (105 marks)

Paper 2 – Human Environments (Topics 3, 4, 7 and 8)
Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes
30% of qualification (105 marks)

Paper 3 – This paper draws on the synoptic links from Paper 1 and Paper 1 Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes
20% of qualification (70 marks)

Coursework: Independent Investigation
Non-examined assessment (NEA) – a  4000 word written report.
20% of qualification (60 marks)


To complete your NEA you will define a question or issue for investigation, relating to the course. You will carry out fieldwork to collect data to test your question. The investigation report will evidence independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of data findings and extended writing.


Four days of fieldwork must be undertaken.

Likely to include:

  • Half a day in Berkhamsted (Year 12)
  • 3 days in Southwold (Year 12)
  • 4 days in Iceland (Year 13)

Future opportunities/ career

Geography enables you to embark on a career in a range of fields, including those in the education, commerce, industry, transport, tourism and public sectors. It equips you with many transferable skills, attracting employers from the business, law and finance sectors. Here are some examples: International development (NGOs, Government agencies etc.), managing the effects of hazards and climate change, human rights and law, commercial/residential surveyor, environmental consultant -sustainability, geographical information systems officer, town and transport planning, quantity surveyor, teacher, marketing/sales/PR, meteorology (weather forecasting), oceanography, journalist.

Qualifications/ School record


  • 6 in English and Maths
  • 6 or above in Geography
  • 95% attendance in Year 11
  • Good attitude to learning in Geography KS3 and/or KS4


  • Hear working
  • Interested in the world around you
  • Positive
  • Enjoys fieldwork



  • Organisation and time management
  • Able to identify trends and patterns (data analysis)
  • Can learn facts and figures, and retain information
  • An interest in many aspects of geography locally to globally
  • An interest in current affairs
  • Can structure written essays 
  • Independence


  • Team worker – important for effective fieldwork
  • Leadership
  • Takes part in class discussions 
  • Confident with mapwork
  • Confident with graphical and statistical analysis
  • Creativity in finding solutions
  • Reflective



  • Attendance on KS3/4 Geography fieldtrips


  • Using maps (for example, DofE and Scouts)
  • Developing and testing hypotheses
  • Experience of using GIS