Geography – 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 is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.” Source RGS

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

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 their confidence in working with statistical techniques.

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, Regenerating Places. Superpowers, Geopolitics and Health, Human Rights and Intervention.

The A Level course includes university taster days to the Royal Holloway and a compulsory field trip 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.

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.

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

The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

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

  • 2 day trip to the South Coast including an overnight stay at Juniper Hall Field Studies Centre (compulsory)
  • Additional day trips to explore geographical theories (compulsory)
  • university taster days (non-compulsory)
  • Humanities trip to the USA (New York and Washington DC) in October 2019 (non-compulsory)
  • Trip to Beijing in China (non-compulsory)


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. Geography is an excellent facilitating subject for any professional career.

Studying Geography opens up a wide range of careers, including Environmental Management, Business and Marketing, Planning, International Relations and Geographical Information Systems. Teachers will be able to advise students about university entry and careers of an environmental or geographical nature.

Entry Requirements & Assessment

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:

  • Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 5 in Maths, plus Grade 4 in both Core and Additional Science and Grade 5 in Geography, if taken


What goes well with this course?

Geography goes well with a wide range of subjects including:

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


How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2022. The application form for the academic year 2022-2023 is available to complete online 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. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.



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