Geography - A Level only

Exam Board: OCR

Introduction to the Course

The main aim of the course is to provide students with a detailed knowledge base of the human and physical geography of the world. It gives them a good foundation in skills involving data handling and the analysis of information and is therefore an excellent subject choice for a wide range of degrees.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements and at least Grade 6 in GCSE Geography.

Course Content

Students undertake two core papers on Physical and Human Geography. In Paper 1 students will look at Coasts, Water and Carbon Cycles. In paper 2 students will look at the factors concerning Changing Places, Migration and Human Rights. Paper 3 is a synoptic paper which will assesses essay writing skills on Hazardous Earth and Disease Dilemmas. There is also a 4,000 word Independent Investigation based on fieldwork undertaken during a residential fieldwork course.


Paper 1: Physical Systems

(Weighting: 24% of the total A Level)

1 hour 45 minutes written paper - 72 marks in total

Paper 2: Human Interactions

(Weighting: 24% of the total A Level)

1 hour 45 minutes written paper - 72 marks in total

Paper 3: Geographical Debates

(Weighting: 32% of the total A Level)

2 hours 30 minutes written paper - 96 marks in total

Paper 4: Independent Investigation

(Weighting: 20% of the total A Level) Coursework based - 60 marks in total

The final paper gives candidates the opportunity to extend an area of the subject content into a more detailed fieldwork study which is examined as a written investigation.

Future Career Progression

Geography is considered a useful subject by employers as it provides the student with good numeracy skills, an ability to collect and analyse data and text effectively and to problem solve in complex situations. The wide range of skills and knowledge obtained also provides a good function to go on to a Geography degree but it is also a good base for other degrees such as Geology and Biology. Other possibilities include careers in accountancy, business management, engineering, environmental monitoring/planning, hazard prediction/ management, journalism, law, media, meteorology, oceanography, philosophy, politics, tourism and town planning.

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