Social Sciences

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

What will you be working towards?

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


Geography A Level is a current, topical and wide ranging subject that prepares you well to analyse and interpret the world around you and helps you to understand your role in it. We look at the main human and physical processes and encourage debate as to the relative importance of different aspects of the content. 


Papers 1 and 2 count for 40% each of the final marks and the NEA for 20% of the marks.

We accompany the students to 2 field trip locations in the summer term of Year 12 to train them in fieldwork skills and then support their planning for the final 2 days at a location of a negotiated choice to collect their own data for their NEA, which is submitted in the Spring term of Year 13. 

At Weald we are highly successful in blending content and examination technique in lessons, with regular practice and feedback and offer you a supportive environment to develop your independent enquiry for the NEA. Our main focus is to develop independent thought and working practices, skills that have proved so crucial for those aiming for A* grades. 

Extended Information 

The course is divided in to the physical units on Paper 1 and human units on paper 2 and are outlined below:  

Water and Carbon 

The content invites students to contemplate the magnitude and significance of the water and carbon cycles at a variety of scales, their relevance to wider geography and their central importance for human populations.  

Coastal Systems and Landscapes 

Coastal zones are dynamic environments in which landscapes develop by the interaction of winds, waves, currents and terrestrial and marine sediments. The operation and outcomes of fundamental geomorphological processes and their association with distinctive landscapes are readily observable.  


By exploring the origin and nature of these hazards and the various ways in which people respond to them, students are able to engage with many dimensions of the relationships between people and the environments they occupy.  

The human units on Paper 2 that we study are:

Global Systems and Global Governance 

Globalisation – the economic, political and social changes associated with technological and other driving forces which have been a key feature of global economy and society in recent decades. Increased interdependence and transformed relationships between peoples, states and environments have prompted more or less successful attempts at a global level to manage and govern some aspects of human affairs.  

Changing Places

This section of our specification focuses on people's engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them, all of which are of fundamental importance in their lives. Students acknowledge this importance and engage with how places are known and experienced, how their character is appreciated, the factors and processes which impact upon places and how they change and develop over time. Through developing this knowledge, students will gain understanding of the way in which their own lives and those of others are affected by continuity and change in the nature of places which are of fundamental importance in their lives. 

Resource Security 

This optional section of our specification focuses on the large-scale exploitation of unevenly distributed natural resources, which is one of the defining features of the present era. Increasing demand for water, energy and minerals and their critical role in human affairs leads to massive local and regional transfers of water and massive global transfers of energy and minerals.

How will it be delivered?

Papers 1 and 2 count for 40% each of the final marks and the NEA for 20% of the marks.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of a Grade 6 in GCSE Geography and an enthusiasm for the subject.

Your next steps...

Geography is well regarded by universities as a subject and can even be a third A Level for applicants to medicine. Geography graduates are in high demand as they possess a range a wider range of skills than the average graduate, which make them very marketable workers.