Geography A level

What will I study in Geography A level?

Geography is a subject of our times. It is inherently multidisciplinary in a world which increasingly values people who have the skills needed to work across the physical and social sciences. At A level it engages pupils with the complexity of the modern world and to wrestle with some of the global issues facing humanity. For example: European over dependence on Russian gas and oil and how this could lead to energy insecurity or the impacts of climate change across the world and how governments, NGO’s, planners and individuals need to mitigate and adapt to rapidly changing natural systems. A level geographers get to learn data analysis and learn geographic information systems. They can turn maps from a two-dimensional representation of a country’s physical contours into a tool that illustrates social attributes or attitudes. Not just where people live but how, what they think and how they vote.

Entry requirements

A grade 6 or higher at GCSE is required to study Geography at A level.

Units of study

Physical Geography

  • Unit 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Unit 2: Coastal Landscapes and Change
  • Unit 3: The water cycle and water insecurity
  • Unit 4: The carbon cycle and energy insecurity

Human Geography

  • Unit 1: Superpowers
  • Unit 2: Globalisation
  • Unit 3: Regenerating Places
  • Unit 4: Migration, identity and sovereignty


  • Paper 1: Physical Geography (30%)
  • Paper 2: Human Geography (30%)
  • Paper 3: Synoptic Geography (20%)
  • Paper 4: Independent Investigation (20%)

Where could it lead?

Geography is valued as a facilitating subject by Russell Group Universities and suitable for a wide range of careers in physical and social science, often depending on what it is combined with at A level or particular specialisms within the subject at university. For example, careers in hydrology, meteorology, food or coastal management, town planning or conservation.