Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
Edexcel Grade 6 at GCSE Mr N Wylie

At A-Level, Geography students undertake the Edexcel A-Level in Geography. The A-Level is composed of four components, each composed of a number of topics.

 

Paper 1 (9GE0/01)

Paper 1 is assessed by a written examination lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes. It is worth 30% of the A-Level and is marked out of 105. 

The paper covers four topics:

  • Area of study 1, topic 1: Tectonic processes and hazards
  • Area of study 1, topic 2: Landscape systems, processes and change, including optional sub-topics from which students choose one from two: 
    • 2A: Glaciated landscapes and change
    • 2B: Coastal landscapes and change
  • Area of study 3, topic 5: The water cycle and water insecurity
  • Area of study 3, topic 6: The carbon cycle and energy security 

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.  

 

Paper 2 (9GE0/02)

Paper 2 is assessed by a written examination lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes. It is worth 30% of the A-Level and is marked out of 105. 

The paper covers four topics:

  • Area of study 2, topic 3: Globalisation
  • Area of study 2, topic 4: Shaping places, including optional sub-topics from which students choose one from two: 
    • 4A: Regeneration places
    • 4B: Diverse places
  • Area of study 4, topic 7: Superpowers
  • Area of study 4, topic 8: Global development and connections, including optional sub-topics from which students choose one from two:
    • 8A Health, Human rights intervention
    • 8B Migration, identity and sovereignty 

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.  

 

Paper 3 (9GE0/03)

Paper 3 is assessed by a written examination lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes. It is worth 20% of the A-Level and is marked out of 70. It is a synoptic investigation based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes (players, attitudes and actions, futures and uncertainties) and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.  

A resource booklet is provided that contains information about the geographical issue. All questions in the examination draw synoptically on knowledge and understanding from compulsory content drawn from different parts of the course. The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 8-mark, 18-mark and 24-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used. 

 

Independent Investigation (9GE0/04)

The independent investigation is assessed by written report of 3,000 to 4,000 words. It is internally assessed and externally moderated, marked out of 70 and is worth 20% of the A-Level. 

In the investigation, the student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content. The topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification. The student's investigation must incorporate fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a group) and own research and/or secondary data. The fieldwork, which forms the focus and context of the individual investigation, may be either human, physical or integrated physical-human. Finally, the report will provide evidence of independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of data findings and extended writing. 

Students will be expected to shower evidence that they have used both quantitative and qualitative data to support their independent investigation as appropriate to the particular environment and/or location.

 

Field Trip

A field trip is an important and integral part of this course. There is an expectation that students will participate and the trip is regarded as compulsory. The school subsidies the full cost but parents are asked for the board and lodging cost of between £200 to £250. Financial consideration can be given to those who apply to the Headmaster in writing.

 

Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

Geography graduates are employed in a wide range of sectors, including the public sector, education, commerce, industry, transport and tourism. Geography graduates have excellent transferable skills, which also attract employers from the business, law and finance sectors. Employers include:

  • local government
  • the Civil Service
  • the armed forces
  • Ministry of Defence
  • police service
  • private companies
  • environmental consultancies
  • environmental protection agencies
  • utility companies
  • charities
  • information systems organisations