Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code GE01
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Geography is a relevant and vital subject in our rapidly changing world. Students will enjoy this rigorous course as they challenge perceptions and stimulate their investigative and analytical skills. We will study some new units which reflect the world today, but you will also see there are many topics you have studied before. You will have the opportunity to complete your own piece of fieldwork, stretching you as an independent learner. Finally, this course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm sought by higher education and employers.

Skills Acquired

  • Construct extended written argument about geographical matters
  • Cartographic, ICT, statistical and graphical skills
  • Understand the nature and use of different types of geographical information, including qualitative and quantitative data, images, factual text and discursive/creative material
  • Collect, analyse and interpret such information
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and apply suitable analytical approaches
  • Communicate and evaluate finding and draw well-evidenced conclusions informed by wider theory

Students Suited to the Course
Students who have excellent literacy and numeracy skills and an inquiring mind. This course is perfect for those who are curious about the world around them.

What Other Subjects it Combines Well With
Geography is a multi-skilled discipline (literacy, numeracy, ICT etc) and it combines well with many other subjects. All sciences and Mathematics fit well with the physical and fieldwork elements of course; the human units fit well with History; additionally, the study of different cultures also makes the subject work well modern foreign language subjects. As Geography is a facilitating subject it is an excellent choice for considering for Higher Education, as such, it fits well with many option choices and is considered highly by universities.

Fieldwork in urban, rural and coastal areas in contrasting environments including a residential.


Course Structure

Year 12

  • Coastal Systems
  • Changing spaces; making places
  • Earth's life support systems
  • Global Connections
  • Independent Investigation (NEA)

Year 13

  • Exploring Oceans
  • Climate Change

Unit Content

Physical Systems
Coastal Systems
Earth Life Support Systems

Human Interactions
Changing spaces; making places
Global Connections

Geographical Debates
Exploring Oceans
Climate Change

Independent Investigation
On anything in the syllabus

How will it be delivered?

Component 1 - Physical Systems
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (22% of A Level)

Component 2 - Human Interactions
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (22% of A Level)

Component 3 - Human Interaction
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (36% of A Level)

Component 4 - Independent Investigation

  • 3,000-4,000 words
  • 20% of A-Level
  • Marked by teachers
  • Moderated by OCR

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in Geography and grade 5 in English Language or English Literature. It may be possible to study Geography if you have not studied it at GCSE. This would be decided on a case by case basis and depend upon a student's academic profile.

Your next steps...

Careers in Geography are wide ranging, from sustainability, green issues or hazard management to business, energy supply or urban regeneration. The skills you learn are also transferable across a broad range of subjects and careers. Geography A-Level will enable you to study Geography, Economics, Law, Medicine and many more.