Exam Board: Edexcel


Course Content:

Unit 1 – Dynamic Landscapes and Physical Systems and Sustainability

(30% contribution to A level qualification)

Tectonics and Coasts (Year 12)

The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity and The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security


Unit 2 – Dynamic Places and Human Systems and Geopolitics

(30% contribution to A level qualification)

Globalisation and Regeneration (Year 13)

Superpowers and Health, Human Rights and Intervention 


Unit 3 – Synoptic Investigation of a contemporary geographical issue

(20% contribution to A level qualification)

Students will be provided with a resource booklet about a geographical issue within a place based context such as the economic growth of India and China.  This unit will develop a holistic understanding of Geography as students will be required to think synoptically using knowledge learnt across the units focussing on:  Players; Attitudes and actions; Futures and Uncertainties


Unit 4 – Independent Investigation (coursework) (Year 12 and Year 13)

(Non examined assessment 20% of qualification)

Students are required to produce an investigation report of 3000 – 4000 words. They will be required to work independently incorporating fieldwork data and research.   Students will develop skills in analysis and evaluation of data, presentation techniques and extended writing. The independent investigation will be internally assessed by the department and externally moderated by Edexcel



Students are required to undertake a minimum of 4 days of fieldwork on both physical and human geography.  Students will be required to go on a residential field trip which will be in the UK.  



This qualification is linear and will require students to sit 3 examinations at the end of their two-year course.


Career Opportunities:

The course supports progression to undergraduate level Geography and provides a good foundation for students going on to higher education. In the past students have used Geography to help study diverse subjects including: Planning, Meteorology, Aviation, Demography, Marketing, Estate and Countryside management, Leisure and Tourism and Geographic Information Systems.


Entry Requirements:

Grade 6 GCSE Geography.  Students who achieve a 5 at GCSE require a discussion with the Curriculum Area Leader of Geography about your marks in relation to grade boundaries.  Maths and English Language at grade 5 is also required.