The qualification allows students to engage critically with real world issues and places to get an understanding of the world around them. It enables students to evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, responses to hazards, water insecurity and climate change. Other topics studied include energy insecurity, superpower geographies, regeneration, glaciation and global development.
The geography course comprises of 9 topic areas. All units will be studied over the two year course and then examined in 3 separate external examinations at the end of Year 13. The examination account for 80% of the A Level and the final 20% comprising from a piece of course work.
For the coursework unit students will be required to participate in 4 days of organised fieldwork to collect primary data. This will then be incorporated into an individual investigation of the students choosing. Students are given the flexibility to complete their coursework in areas of human or physical geography which interest them based on the area in which they are collecting data. They will then be required to produce a 3000 – 4000 words report based on their findings which will be internally assessed and externally moderated.
In Year 12 there are day fieldtrips available to locations such as Brighton, Walton on the Naze and London with residential fieldtrips to Liverpool, Dorset, Iceland and Naples, Italy. In both year groups students are invited to a range of conferences in London arranged by the examining board and universities.