What are the effects of climate change? What are the causes of volcanic activity? What economic and social forces explain the vast difference in living conditions from country to country? These are all questions that students investigate while studying Geography.
What is Geography?
Geography is the study of our physical environment and the effect upon this of geographical processes such as erosion and glaciation. The subject examines contemporary debates and issues particularly related to climate change, natural forces, disease and food production. Students also study the concept of place and placemaking in human society, as well as the impact of global trade, migration, human rights, or borders upon placemaking.
Students develop field work skills and must undertake a fieldwork study visit leading to a fully researched, written investigation of 3,000 to 4,000 words.
How is it studied?
OCR A-Level Geography is taught within the two-year, five-term and one year A-Level programmes.
The course mixes geographical theory with its applications through set questions, case studies, and fieldwork skills. The aim is to give students a detailed understanding of geographical processes, the importance of place for human society, and the global impacts upon place and the human environment. There is also emphasis on understanding key debates in geography and building practical geographical skills. Climate Change and Hazardous Earth are studied within the ‘Geographical Debates’ unit.
AQA and Edexcel A-Level Geography are available as one year or two-term retake courses.
How is A-Level Geography assessed?
|1||Physical Systems||22%||External Exam: 1 ½ hours|
|2||Human Interactions||22%||External Exam: 1 ½ hours|
|3||Geographical Debates||36%||External Exam: 2 ½ hours|
Exam Board: OCR
What do I need?
5 GCSEs grade 5 or above including Maths and English or equivalent international qualifications.
For international students who have taken IELTS, we require an overall score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 for each of the reading and writing components.
For international students who have taken IGCSE English (Second Language), we require grade 5 or above.
Prior study of Geography at GCSE or IGCSE is helpful but not essential, as the skills of the subject and knowledge are developed as the A-Level progresses. Students need a strong interest in the workings of the physical environment alongside preparedness to explore human interaction. An awareness that practical skills, data analysis and representation are all required is also needed.
What should I study with Geography?
Geography can be combined with a broad range of subjects. Many students combine Geography with Economics and History but it is also a strong combination with many other subjects.
What can I do with A-Level Geography?
Many students continue to university to study Geography, Geology, environmental subjects or Materials Science. Due to its human focus, Geography is also a good supporting subject for others such as Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, and Economics.
Questions about the course
Do I need to have studied Geography at GCSE?
No, as skills and knowledge are developed during the course. Prior knowledge will help, but is not essential.
Is Geography available as a One Year A-Level?
For A-Level Geography retake students, yes.