What is A level Geography?

Geography involves the study of people, places and the interactions that take place between them in a range of environments and at a range of scales.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.

Subject leader

Jamie Harrison

"By covering various vital global issues, A level geography is one of the most relevant and interesting subjects to study, allowing you to develop essential transferable skills such as critical thinking and analysis, along with academic writing. It can also be partnered with a combination of other A level subjects, ranging from the sciences and social sciences, to modern foreign languages, making it a versatile and valuable subject to study."

Caitlin Lawlor

what will I study?

TECTONIC PROCESSES AND HAZARDS: the cause, impact and management of earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunami around the world, using contemporary case detail and complemented by the optional field trip to Iceland in the second year of study. WATER CYCLE AND WATER INSECURITY: the unequal distribution of water around the world and why this leads to concerns over human development, health and possible conflict. CARBON CYCLE AND ENERGY SECURITY: the renewable and non-renewable energy debate, looking at non-conventional sources and how the geo-political issues around supply and power are managed. CLIMATE CHANGE FUTURES: understanding the causes of natural and anthropogenic climate change and how man is tackling the challenges we face across the world to secure a sustainable future. COASTAL LANDSCAPES AND CHANGE: the processes that form coasts and how man works with the natural world to manage coastal environments for all its stakeholders. GLOBALISATION: how globalisation is rapidly changing all aspects of our world – socially, economically, environmentally and politically and who this benefits. SUPERPOWERS: who are today’s superpowers, who were powers of the past and who will be the geo-political dominant forces in the future? REGENERATING PLACES: why urban and rural areas need regenerating and understanding how contrasting areas have regenerated and what the benefits are. MIGRATION, IDENTITY AND SOVEREIGNTY: what migration is and why it has happened both in the past and continues today and what the implications are for the source and host nations in terms of costs, benefits, identity and sovereignty.

additional activities with this subject

A minimum of four days of compulsory field work takes place over the two year course. Previously locations used have included Keswick, Malham, and the Manchester and Salford area. An optional four day trip to Iceland will also be available, which is highly recommended to complement the tectonic topic covered. Strong links exist with local Universities and guest speakers and local experts attend lessons at regular points during the year. Currently a number of geography students are involved with the Revealing the Roch project and help in the public information office on a voluntary basis. In addition students can become members of the Manchester Geographical Association and attend monthly evening lectures at Manchester University on relevant topics delivered by academic and business experts.


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