Exam Board

  • Edexcel

This Geography syllabus is engaging and relevant to today’s students – a qualification that enables you to engage critically with real world issues and places.

Edexcel A Level Geography consists of three externally examined papers and one coursework component.

PAPER 1: Assessed by examination

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Coastal Landscapes and Change (including a minimum of 2 days fieldwork)
  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

PAPER 2: Assessed by examination

  • Globalisation
  • Regenerating Places (including a minimum of 2 days fieldwork)
  • Superpowers
  • Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

PAPER 3: Assessed by examination

This is a synoptic unit, examining inter-linkages between different geographical themes and ideas. It will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes of players, attitudes and future uncertainties. It is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas in paper 1 and 2.

UNIT 4: Coursework Component: Assessed internally

  • Student define a question or issue for investigation, relating to content from paper 1 and 2
  • Choice of question can be either human, physical or integrated physical-human
  • The investigation will incorporate fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a group) and own research and/or secondary data
  • Students are expected to produce a 3000-4000 word report, based on their chosen area of study.

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Geography. Grade 5 maths and Grade 5 English.

Progression Routes and Careers

This specification offers an issues-based approach to studying geography, enabling students to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, responses to hazards, water insecurity and climate change.

The content gives students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people, the environment and their interaction, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners.

A geography qualification is highly respected by employers due to its multi-disciplinary approach and range of transferable skills gained; for example statistical and spatial analysis alongside an ability to collect understand and interpret complex data and communicate it to a variety of audiences. It can lead to reading a human or physical geography degree, environmental studies, meteorology, natural hazards management and a GIS masters. As a result it can lead to a vast range of jobs such as: an environmental consultant, hazard management, expedition leader, digital mapping, diplomat, lawyer, travel writer, human rights officer, weather forecaster, surveyor and many more.