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St Thomas More

Catholic School

KS5

Geography (A Level)

Course outline

Geography is an exciting and demanding A Level. It requires students to be curious about the world and to think critically about the ways in which the environment and people are interconnected. Geography is vital to understanding and tackling the rapidly changing social and environmental challenges of our times. Students should be avid readers and have a natural interest in current affairs, politics and sustainability to excel at A level.  For a details on topics studied, please refer to the curriculum map.

Enrichment Opportunities

Residential fieldwork trips are an integral part of Geography in both years of the course, bringing many elements of the subject to life and being a key requirement for the Independent Investigation in Year 13. Shorter day trips to conferences and workshops also highlight the increasingly important role Geography plays in today’s world.

Which other courses does this combine well with? Geography requires a broad range of skills and is therefore well paired with any of the science or social science subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Economics, Sociology, History, and Business.

Exam Board: Pearson (Edexcel)

Entry Criteria: A minimum of a Grade 6 at Geography GCSE.

What might studying this course lead to? Geography is looked on favourably by courses such as Environmental Sciences and Economics, as well as courses like Law and Accounting. Many universities offer Geography as a joint honours degree, allowing you to study it in combination with another subject. This may lead to careers in Town and Transport Planning, Land and Water Management, Environmental Consultancy, Development Policy, Tourism or Recreation, as well as Law, Finance and Administration.