Geography A Level


Geography AS/A2 Level

About the course

In your first year you will debate the impacts of Globalisation and explore how deprived areas reimage and regenerate themselves. This is followed by an understanding of tectonic hazards and processes and an examination of how coastal areas could be sustainably managed particularly with the challenges of climate change and rising sea-levels. You will also undertake a residential field work trip designed to provide you the skills to complete your coursework. 

In your second year the stimulating geo-political topics of how superpowers have changed over time and health, human rights and intervention are explored. You will then conclude with the understanding of the water and carbon cycles and the links to water conflicts and energy security.


• Five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C, including grade 4/C in English Language

• Grade 5 or above in GCSE Mathematics

• At least one grade 5/C and one grade 6/B in GCSE written subjects. One of these must be English Language. Other written subjects include History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Media Studies, Religious Studies (full course)

International students:

• Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. 

• IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

In your first year, you will look at issues of climate change and natural disasters, the impact of globalisation and population migration, and how places are rebranded to change their image. Your fieldwork will be on the use and management of coasts.

In your second year, you will extend your understanding of the physical and human worlds through the theme of Contested Planet, which includes topics such as Superpower Geographies, Bridging the Development Gap, Water Conflicts and Energy Security. You will also examine the food supply problem through a research unit investigating Life on the Margins.

20% coursework based on field work research. Three final exams at the end of the second year.


Taken as one of three A Levels, Geography gives you the opportunity to progress to university or other Higher Education institutes. A Level Geography equips you with a range of skills and knowledge, which are good preparation for degrees in a wide variety of Humanities and Social Sciences courses. It is an excellent subject for developing your ability to think critically and analytically about social issues.

I am really looking forward to the prospect of studying at one of the best universities in the world

Joseph Cant

Joseph Cant

Subjects: A Levels in Economics, Geography and Government and Politics

Destination: University of Cambridge to study Geography

After excelling in his A Levels, Joseph is set to study at the University of Cambridge.

He said: "I have had a great time at City and Islington and am really looking forward to the prospect of studying at one of the best universities in the world."

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01 January 1970

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A level entry requirements

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Based in vibrant Angel, the Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. There are over 30 A Levels on offer from Dance to History of Art to Science.