A Level

Students who choose Geography will gain a deeper understanding of how the world works and how the 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 it 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 students to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for their chosen pathway plus a grade 5 or higher in GCSE English Language or English Literature.




Each student will receive their own textbook and have access to online resources to support their studies during the two years. They will also have access to a library of geography books, fieldwork equipment, geography magazines, geofiles and weekly workshops. Each student will 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 Geography
This 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 Geography
This 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

Component 3 – Geographical Investigation
Students 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.


Students 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.


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

The Geography Department believe that fieldwork is a vital part of geography; students will have the opportunity to take part in a number of field trips to complete their 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.


Many geographers are attracted to the diverse and specialist areas of study that Geography offers at university, most students choose to go on to higher education. Geography can lead to a wide range of careers such as;

  • Local Government,
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Cartography
  • Nature Conservation
  • Social Work
  • Housing Management
  • Market Research
  • Civil Service
  • Sports Management
  • Meteorology
  • Volcanologist
  • Lecturing

Geographers are equipped with a wealth of knowledge and skills that are attractive to employers, the career opportunities are endless.

“A student who studies geography has well above average graduate employability, second only to law, psychology and sports science” Oxford University

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