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Coombe Dean School

Coombe Dean School

Geography

Geography A Level 

Qualifications 

Exam board: Edexcel A level 

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/geography-2016.coursematerials.html#%2FfilterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification

Entry Requirements 

Geography A Level students will have achieved a grade 6 in GCSE geography. 

Skills required 

Students need to show evidence of being able to: 

  • Explain and analyse key geographical information.  

  • Research and keep up to date with relevant and topical global affairs 

  • Contribute to geographical debate and discussion 

  • Argue and evaluate geographical concepts 

  • Make informed decisions based on evidence 

  • Carry out primary and secondary data collection for geographical fieldwork, to then present and analyse for a Non-Examined Assessment 

Course outline 

Dynamic Landscapes:  

•Tectonic Processes and Hazards  

•Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – Coastal Landscapes and Change 

Dynamic Places: 

•Globalisation 

•Regenerating/Diverse Places 

Physical Systems and Sustainability:  

•The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity 

•The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security 

Global Development and Connections:  

•Superpowers  

• Migration, Identity and Sovereignty 

Student testimony 

“The course work is really fun – you get to explore your own favourite parts of the subject.” 

“I love this subject. I like the teachers and the way they teach: there’s lots of variety in the lessons.” 

Career paths 

Geography continues to be the most employable degree, with the subject allowing students the flexibility to branch into a varied range of career paths, to include: Economic Developer, Location Analyst, Retailer, Regional Developer, Transport Manager, Weather Presenter, Disaster Manager, Flood Prevention Officer, Risk Assessor, Logistics Officer, Water Supply Coordinator, Estate Manager, Forestry Ranger, Environmental Consultant, Pollution Analyst, Conservation Officer, Planner, Social Worker, Market Researcher, Housing Officer, Estate Agent. 

Course outline/assessment 

Paper 1, and Paper 2 

Both 30% each (examined) 

Paper 3: Synoptic themes 

20% (examined) 

Non-Examined Assessment (Independent Research) 

20% (coursework)