A Level

A Level Geography will provide you with a deeper understanding of how the world works and how people interact.

Geography is a great choice of subject to study at a time of growing concern about climate change, migration, shrinking resources and global poverty. Geographers are highly regarded by universities and employers as having a wealth of skills and knowledge and the subject will open your mind to endless career possibilities that you may not have even considered. If you have enjoyed geography in the past you will love it at Wyke.

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20% Coursework

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A Level Geography requires you to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway plus a grade 5 or higher in GCSE English Language or English Literature.




As part of this course, you will attend four 70 minute geography lessons per week and will complete a minimum of four days of field study in total. Three days of field studies will be within college time and led by the department and one day will be independent data gathering for the individual investigation. You will receive your own textbook and have access to online resources to support your studies during the two years. You will also have access to a library of geography books, fieldwork equipment, geography magazines, geofiles and weekly workshops. You will also receive personal guidance and study materials to ensure that they reach their potential. In 2017 the departments fieldwork was recognised in the publication of an article in ‘Teaching Geography’ which was widely praised.

Component 1 – Physical GeographyThis will be examined in a 2 hours and 30 minute exam and will comprise 40% of the A Level.

·         Water and carbon cycles

·         Coastal systems and landscapes

·         Hazards

Component 2 – Human GeographyThis will be examined in a 2 hours and 30 minute exam and will comprise 40% of the A Level.

·         Global Systems and global governance

·         Changing places

·         Population and the environment (Please change to Contemporary Urban Environments)

Component 3 – Geographical InvestigationStudents complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation will be based on a question defined and developed relating to part of the specification content. The student will produce a 3,000 – 4,000 word report which will comprise 20% of their A Level mark.


Lunchtime workshops are provided to allow you to brush up on your skills and techniques and one to one support is offered if needed.

The Geography Department believe that fieldwork is a vital part of geography; you will have the opportunity to take part in a number of field trips to complete your studies. In the past these have included a day of data collection at Pickering Beck in the Yorkshire Moors, coastal studies at Rimac Saltmarsh in Lincolnshire and a local study of the changing nature of Hessle Road. There are also optional residential field trips to Iceland, Naples and/ or Sicily.


To help prepare yourself for this course, we recommend that you visit the Geography department at one of our open days which run from October to January each year. We also recommend that you attend taster sessions in Geography at our Wyke Start taster event in July. Summer work will also be available for you to complete following Wyke Start helping to prepare you for your first few weeks on the course.

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