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Social Sciences

Social Sciences
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Here’s what Dr Rita Gardner, Director of  the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG),  says about the value of studying geography.

“There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, geography is one of  the most relevant courses you could choose  to study. Geographers are also highly employable. Whatever your passion for the world - fascination with landscapes or concerns about inequality - geography will provide  you with knowledge and transferable skills  that will reward you personally and advance  you professionally.” 


The new A Level specification presents a dynamic, contemporary and exciting opportunity for students to engage with the world around them. It presents an exciting and fresh approach, offering a strong foundation in both human and physical disciplines, inspiring a love of geography for lifelong learning drawing on issues that are relevant to a student’s own learning of the subject.

Paper 1: Physical Systems

• Landscape systems 

• Earth’s life support systems 

• Geographical skills 

Assessment: written exam of 1 hour 45mins. 24% of A Level.

Paper 2: Human Interactions

• Changing spaces; making places 

• Global connections 

• Geographical skills 

Assessment: written exam of 1 hour 45mins. 24% of A Level.

Paper 3: Geographical Debates 

• Hazardous Earth and Disease Dilemmas 

• Geographical skills  Assessment: written exam of 2.5 hours.  32% of A Level. 

Unit 4: Independent Investigation: Investigative Geography

A compulsory part of the A Level course consisting of a written report which provides students with the opportunity, through fieldwork, to develop a wide range of skills which are applicable not only to study but also to the world of work and higher education. 

Assessment: internal assessment with external moderation. 20% of A Level. 

How will it be delivered?

A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities.

Entry requirements

GCSE Geography grade 6 or above, Mathematics or Statistics grade 5 or above

Your next steps...

The study of geography develops range of useful research, and analytical skills and methods of organisation, including statistical skills and essay writing. Geography helps us to understand the world around us. It is highly regarded and will lead to a variety of degree courses and careers.


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