Exam Board - Edexcel


What is Geography A level and why study it?

In A level Geography you study the interaction of processes that shape our world. This is complex and dynamic and varies from place to place depending on people’s resources, technology and culture. Examples of units which are studied for Edexcel Geography A level are in the table below. You will also conduct an extended piece of research of your choice. Every A level Geography student will need to undertake a minimum of 4 days working outside the classroom on educational visits.


Human Systems and Geopolitics

  • Superpowers
  • Global Development and Connections – either Health, Human Rights and Intervention or Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

Dynamic Places

  • Globalisation
  • Shaping Places – either Regenerating Places or Diverse Places

Dynamic Landscapes

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – either Glaciated Landscapes or Coastal Landscapes

Physical Systems and Sustainability

  • Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security


There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research. By the time you get to your exams, you will be able to show your understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate your answers with case studies from local, national and international examples. You will learn in a wide variety of ways, such as by reading articles, developing GIS skills, data analysis, studying photos, maps, videos, as well as attending lectures and field trips. You will be encouraged to frame your own questions and show your grasp of complex issues through report and essay writing.


Where next?

Geography is highly valued by universities as an A level choice. The Russell Group universities name Geography as one of the facilitating subjects. Choosing facilitating subjects can keep more options open to you at university. Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects; it is a broad-based subject that fits well for future progression.


For careers in the world of business, an understanding of global economics forms an important part of geography. If you are thinking of a career in law, human rights, international relations or welfare then geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues affecting societies today. If you are working towards a future course in medicine or veterinary medicine then geography is a good choice to give your A level options the breadth that many universities seek, as you will gain a clear understanding of how the environment affects health and survival of people and ecosystems as well as enhancing your skills of writing essays and extended reports.


If you don’t have a clear idea of your future, remember that Geography as an A level gives you the chance to keep your options open as it covers both arts and science.


What are the entrance requirements?

Grade 6 in GCSE Geography.


Who do I need to see for more information?

Ms P Gurm, Head of Geography