Minerva Learning Trust



Geography is a dynamic subject which offers the opportunity to investigate a huge range of contemporary geographical themes and issues. The course covers the complex interaction of the processes that shape our world and explores how human intervention affects the environment.   

Topics studied include:

  • Changing places 
  • Global Governance 
  • Global Systems: the physical processes that form our world 
  • Tectonics 
  • Changing landscapes: study of coastal landscapes 
  • Energy challenges and dilemmas 
  • Development in an African context 
  • Fieldwork: this is a compulsory element of A Level Geography. Students will complete at least four days of fieldwork over the two years, including a residential visit to Snowdonia National Park


Paper 1 - 20.5%

  • Changing landscapes - coastal landscapes  
  • Changing places  

Paper 2 - 27.5% 

  • Global Systems - water and carbon cycles
  • Global Governance and challenge
  • 21st Century challenges - this links components 1 and 2  

Paper 3 - 32% 

  • Tectonic hazards
  • Ecosystems 
  • Energy challenges and dilemma's 

Non-Exam Assessment (Coursework) - 20%

  • Written report 3000-4000 words 
  • An investigation report based on students’ own research 

Skills Developed and Career Prospects

Due to the wide range of transferable skills that Geography provides students with it is a very popular subject with universities and potential employers, and complements almost all other subjects.

Geography can lead to a university degree, either in Geography or as a combined course such as: Environmental Science, Politics, Planning and Economics. It is also useful for careers in Law, Media and Sustainable Management.

High Storrs Sixth Form Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 9 - 4. This MUST include at least a Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics


Grade 4 in Geography (if studied) AND Grade 5 in English Language OR Literature