Geography A Level


The world we live in is changing. Geography allows us to see why and how it is changing. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy skills, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team-work and problem solving skills, as well as environmental awareness.

“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?” Michael Palin.

Students will cover a wide range of topics and experience a variety of learning and teaching approaches.

What goes well with this course?

Geography goes well with a wide range of subjects including:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • History
  • Economics
  • Politics


Many of our students go on to take a degree in Geography or a closely related subject. Employers like Geographers because they develop skills in literacy, numeracy, IT and spatial awareness; additionally they develop team skills and can articulate and analyse complex problems.

Studying Geography opens up a wide range of careers, including Environmental Management, Business and Marketing, Planning, Travel & Tourism and Leisure related work. Teachers will be able to advise students about university entry and careers of an environmental or geographical nature.

Course Content

Geography students study a range of Human and Physical topics and explore how their own actions can relate to the wider world.  Students will undertake geographical fieldwork and research as well as develop their geographical skills and thier confidence in working with statistical techniques. 

Course content

Physical topics: Tectonic hazards and processes; Coastal landscapes and change. The water cycle and water insecurity; The carbon cycle and energy insecurity.

Human topics: Globalisation; Shaping places. Superpowers and geopolitics; Global development and connections

The A Level course include compulsory fieldtrips within the UK.  This forms an essential part of exam preparation and coursework at A Level and does involve a financial cost.  Please contact the Geography Department if you require further information.


Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Geography students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • a trip to the Azores to explore volcanic landscapes and discover how the islands manage resources, biodiversity and tourism in a sustainable way.
  • a trip to Morocco where students visited Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains, a traditional Berber village and the Draa Valley, a spectacular sandstone gorge on the periphery of the Sahara.
  • a trip to Margam, in Wales, to investigate the success of Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre in the Afan Valley - an attempt to regenerate a previously deprived coal mining area.
  • a trip to Sicily, the main focus of which was to study the impacts of plate tectonics on this island both in the physical landscape and through an appreciation of Sicily’s history.
  • a Tectonic Hazards Conference in London: the conference proved invaluable for students, not only in helping with exam preparation, but also giving them a taste of university teaching.


The A Level is 20% coursework and 80% examination based, with three papers sat in June.

The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel


Entry Requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, there are different entry requirements for students with and without GCSE Geography:

Students should also meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:  

  • Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 4 in Maths, or
  • Grade 5 in Geography, Grade 4 in English Language and Grade 5 in Maths

The Advanced GCE in Geography will appeal to students if they:

  • are curious about the places, peoples and environments across the globe
  • like asking questions and finding answers
  • are interested in local, regional and global issues
  • have the ability to think independently
  • wish to explore human, physical and environmental geographical relationships

Students should have an interest in the natural and human world, be good at written and spoken communication and enjoy discussion and working with others.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level in Geography information leaflet.

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