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Level 3

Qualification: A Level

Duration: 2 years

What will I study?

Area of study 1: Dynamic Landscapes
• Tectonic Processes and Hazards
• Coastal Landscapes

Area of study 2: Dynamic Places
• Globalisation
• Regeneration

Area of study 3: Physical Systems and Sustainability
• The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
• The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Area of study 4: Human Systems and Geopolitics
• Superpowers
• Health, human rights and intervention


Study Visits

A residential field trip is a compulsory part of the course. All Geography specifications at A-Level require 4/5 days of fieldwork. The fieldtrip to the Lake District is likely to be in February.
A half day trip to Sheffield city centre will also take place and is likely to be in April.


Approximately £320 for the first year residential field trip which is likely to be in February. It includes all teaching and learning resources, transport, accommodation, and is catered on a full board basis. There are possible student bursaries available to contribute to the cost of the trip depending on household finances, although these are never guaranteed.


All the examinations will be in the summer. There are no external exams at the end of the 1st year of study.
Four externally assessed units:
• Paper 1 –Physical Geography, 30% of qualification, 2 hours
• Paper 2 –Human Geography, 30% of qualification, 2 hours
• Paper 3 – Synoptic investigation, 20% of qualification, 1 hour 45 minutes
• Coursework –20% of qualification, 3000-4000 words

Entry Criteria

Grade 4 Maths. Grade 5 English. Grade 4 in Geography (if taken).

Useful Supporting Courses

This course can be combined with any other subject but links particularly well with Geology, and has overlaps with some aspects of Biology, Chemistry, Business Studies, Economics and Sociology.


Commercial/residential surveyor
Environmental consultant
Geographical information systems officer
Planning and development surveyor
Town planner
International aid worker
Logistics and supply chain management
Project management

Culture Vulture

Check out our Culture Vulture link to see what takes your interest.

Geography Culture Vulture

Flying start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

A Level Geography Flying Start 2021

Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

Geography Course Overview