Geography A-level

2 years

Course Details

This geography course encourages you to gain enjoyment, satisfaction, and a sense of achievement as you develop your knowledge and understanding of the subject.

This A-level course will enable you to be inspired by your geographical understanding, to engage critically with real-world issues and places, and to apply your geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around you.

You will grow as independent thinkers and informed and engaged citizens who understand the role and importance of geography as one of the key disciplines relevant to understanding the world’s changing peoples, places, and environments.

Year one:

  • Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards.
  • Topic 2 : Globalisation.
  • Topic 3 : Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – including optional
    sub-topics from which students choose one from two: 2A: Glaciated Landscapes and Change or 2B: Coastal Landscapes and Change.
  • Topic 4 : Shaping Places – including optional sub-topics from which students
    In addition, two fieldwork trips to Liverpool City Centre plus one other location dependent upon which topic the group choses for ‘Landscape Systems’.

Year two: 

  • Topic 5 : The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity.
  • Topic 6 : Superpowers.
  • Topic 7 : The Cardon Cycle and Energy Security.
  • Topic 8 : Global Development and Connections – including optional sub-topics
    from which students choose one from two: 8A Health, Human Rights and Intervention or 8B Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.
  • In addition, preparation for paper three exam.

You will need a minimum or five GCSEs, including Grade 5 in English Language together with four other subjects at Grade 4 or above (one of the four subjects must include Maths).

Additional entry requirements:

  • You must have achieved at least a grade 4 in GCSE Geography.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

A-level in Geography.

You will sit three exams with a combination of short answer and extended writing questions, data analysis and general maths skills.

  • Paper One is ‘physical’ geography (37.5% of overall score);
  • Paper Two is ‘human’ geography (37.5% of overall score);
  • Paper Three is a resource booklet with open-response resource-linked questions (12.5% of overall score). 

All exams are 2 1/4hours long. In addition, you will submit a geography fieldwork report of approx. 4,000 words (12.5% of overall score).

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Geography can lead to a wide range of university courses, for example, Air Pollution Analyst; Archeologist; Carbon Solution Manager; Cartographer; Climate Change Analyst; Conservationist; Disaster & Emergency Planner; Drilling Engineer; Environmental Education Officer; Environmental Lawyer; Geography Teacher; Geologist; GIS Technician; Hydrologist; International Aid Worker; Land Surveyor; Landscape Architect; Market Researcher; Meteorologist; Politician; Quantity Surveyor; Remote Sensing Analyst; Sustainability Consultant; Tourism Officer; Town Planner; Transport Planner; Urban Farmer; Volcanologist; Waste Management Officer and Water Engineer.

University Guarantee

Every Sefton Sixth Form College student who successfully achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at Sefton Sixth Form College. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.