Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE Geography (if studied) and grade 5 in English Language and Maths.

Exam Board Specification

What you will study

  • Dynamic Landscapes
    -Tectonic Processes and Hazards (Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and secondary hazards such as tsunamis
    -Landscape Systems, Processes and Change (Investigating glaciated or coastal landscapes)
  • Dynamic Places
    -Globalisation (How accelerated globalisation results in changing opportunities for businesses and people)
    -Shaping Places (Investigating places that are regenerating or are diverse in structure)
  • Physical Systems and Sustainability
    Develop an understanding of the following key physical systems and the challenges we face in managing their sustainability for future generations:
    -The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
    -The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
    -Climate Change Futures Human Systems and Geopolitics
    -Superpowers (How their pattern of dominance has changed over time)
    -Global Development and Connections (Study either Health Human Rights and Intervention or Migration, Identity and Sovereignty)
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  • Three Examinations at the end of year 2 – 80%
  • Coursework to assess your fieldwork and research skills – 20% Coursework
    -A 3-day field residential developing a range of data collection techniques in support of the coursework
    -A 4000 word Independent Investigation
    -You will show evidence that you have used data relating to a particular coastal, river, urban or rural environment / location

Course Support

  • An established and well-organised department with a wide range of facilities and resources
  • Regular assessments to measure progress and set targets for improvement
  • Revision and assignment support through individual and group tutorials
  • Students have access to a 24/7 Class Teams Channel which provides a range of support resources, from course content to university progression and careers advice

Enrichment Activities

  • Lectures and Conferences at link universities
  • Fieldwork at Sandscale Haws NNR
  • Seminars and guest speakers
  • National competitions such as ‘Earthwatch’ and ‘Latitude’
  • A 3-day residential fieldwork trip based at the Castle Head Field Centre in Cumbria
  • A trip to Reykjavik in Iceland visiting the surrounding landscape and landforms of this volcanically active zone


A Level Geography provides access to a wide range of careers and HE courses. Course examples include Geography, Environmental Science, Sustainable Development, Geographical Information Systems and Environmental Management.

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Career Opportunities

Specialist careers include development, ecosystems and environmental management, land and water processes, cartography and computing, population, settlement and industry as well as tourism and recreation. The list is endless!

Iceland welcomes A Level Geography students on their annual trip

Carmel Geographers experience Icelandic waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers & coastal landscapes!

Iceland trip

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Our Lower Sixth Geographers spent three days fine-tuning their data collection skills and planning their own independent investigation.

Geography Fieldtrip

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Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE Geography (if studied) and grade 5 in English Language and Maths.

Exam Board Specification