Choosing your A levels

Geography

Introduction

Geography is multi-disciplinary. It enables students to develop a love of places, spaces, different cultures and to examine the links and connections of the world on a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Students will develop the ability to think critically, work collaboratively, formulate a logical argument and analyse large data sets.

Board and specification code

OCR H481

Is Geography for you?

Students should have an interest in the complexities of the world and studying topics ranging from glaciation to disease dilemmas to natural hazard to human rights. Geography A Level is current, modern and enables students to understand the complexities of the world in a critical manner.

Course content/components

  • Component 1: Physical Systems: Landscape Systems, Earth’s Life Support Systems and Geographical Skills
  • Component 2: Human Interactions: Changing Spaces; Making Places, Global Connections, Geographical Skills
  • Component 3: Geographical Debates: Disease Dilemmas, Hazardous Earth and Geographical Skills
  • Component 4: Non-examination assessment: Independent Investigation

The course includes four days of fieldwork (both human and physical).

Recommended entry requirement

At least a Grade 7/A in GCSE Geography and a passion for making links between topics.

Post-A Level options

Geographers are increasingly valued for their transferable skills which makes Geography one of the most employable subjects post university. An A Level in Geography complements a variety of subjects in university applications due to the multi-disciplinary nature of the subject.

Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me Geography is a great adventure with a purpose.

Michael Palin