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Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form



 A Level

Exam Board

 Pearson Edexcel

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English - Grade 5
  • GCSE Maths - Grade 5
  • GCSE Humanities subject (Geography, History or RS) - Grade 5

Course Overview

Our world is incredibly complex. Within this course we delve into both physical and human geography, looking at humanity's relationship with the Earth so we can view the world in a holistic way. You will be taught a wide-ranging combination of skills which are interchangeable and will make you highly employable. Using these skills you will view current world issues with a wider perspective which allows you to understand the nature of how people’s lives are changing, to help forecast the future for populations and for the planet and prepare you for the future career.

You will study topics within both Human and Physical Geography such as:

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Coastal Landscapes and Change
  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Regenerating Places
  • Superpowers
  • Health, Human Rights and Intervention
  • You will conduct an independent investigation, relating to any aspects relating to the course.

Assessment Methods

Three written examinations.

Examinations include some short open responses and resource linked questions, as well as longer, extended writing. Calculators may be needed. Includes a synoptic investigation based on a variety of resources. 80% of total A Level.

Course work element - Students produce a written report of 3,000-4,000 words, worth 20% of total A Level. 

QE6 Extras / Co-Curriculum Opportunities

Opportunities to help lead the Eco Council to help the school gain their Green Flag Award. At least four days of field trips take place throughout the two years as part of the course requirement, for the second year you will be required to attend a residential field trip.


A Level Geography has high academic value at good universities and graduates are recognised as some of the most employable – often in government or business decision-making in finance, marketing and tourism, as well as environmental consultancy, landscape architecture, meteorology and planning. Geography supports applications for many science-based university courses like Engineering, Environmental Science, Oceanography and Meteorology; or degrees such as Business, Law, Media, Politics, Urban Planning, International Development and International Relations. Students may also go straight into employment training, e.g. law, business, accountancy and journalism.