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St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School

A-Level Geography

Course Details

This course links topics to show how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and lessen the effects of processes on their environment, studying how it varies from place to place depending on people’s resources, technology, and culture.

The course is assessed at the end of year 13 in form of 3 exams and 1 piece of coursework. You will have to undertake 1 day of fieldwork independently at the end of year 12 to complete the coursework.

Modules Studied

Year 1                    

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards              
  • Globalisation
  • Coastal Landscapes    
  • Diverse Places             

Year 2

  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Superpowers
  • Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

Other information:

Fieldwork will be an essential part of your A‑Level course. You have four days of fieldtrips across the 2 years to experience a very different environment to the one where you live. For example, you will visit a coastal region to carry out enquiries relating to issues in this environment.

What can I do after I have completed this course?

You may already be thinking ahead to potential university and career choices, so it is worth bearing in mind that geography is a broad-based subject that really fits well for your future progression. Geography gives you an opportunity to consider and gain an understanding of relevant issues that link to careers in the world of business, law, human rights, international relations, or welfare. You will also gain skills in critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, independent work, and information management.