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St Thomas More

Catholic School


Geography (A Level)

Course outline

Global Challenges (AS)

Geographical Investigations (AS)

Contested Planet (A Level)

Geographical Research (A Level)

What type of student succeeds at Geography A Level?

Geography is a 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. Students should have a natural interest in current affairs, politics and sustainability.

Subject requirements at GCSE

A minimum of a Grade B at Geography GCSE is required in order to study Geography at A Level. In addition, all students must complete the summer holiday homework if they wish to complete the course. The course requires a strong understanding of Grade A and A* work right from the outset.

Complementary subjects

Geography is well paired with any of the science or social science subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, and Business.


Students have to write two essays for each unit per week as well as additional research tasks. Students are expected to demonstrate that they are keeping up with current affairs to ensure they are using contemporary case studies in their work.

Student View

“I have really enjoyed studying geography because I am get to learn the theories and background of real life events that are happening around the work such as famine and earthquakes.”  


Future Directions

Which university courses require Geography A Level?

Geography, Geology and Environmental Sciences all require Geography.

Which university courses look favourably on Geography A Level?

Geography is looked on favourably by courses such as Environmental Sciences, Economics as well courses like Law and Accounting.

What are the entry requirements to study Geography at university?

Geography entry requirements are high. Anywhere between BBB and A*A*A.

Which careers could Geography A Level lead to?

Some graduates pursue jobs directly related to Geography, such as in Town and Transport Planning, Land and Water Management, Environmental Consultancy, Development policy, Tourism or Recreation. Geography also develops skills valued in more generalist careers such as Information Technology, Administration and Management, the Financial Sector.