(Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Geography)
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
The course involves the study of change in both physical and human environments as well as how
people interact within these. There is a minimum requirement of 4 days’ fieldwork over the two
years which will be assessed through external examinations. Currently we run a day of fieldwork
to the North Yorkshire coast early on in Year 12. This is followed by a day in an urban setting in
the spring term. The final two days are completed as a residential visit to Northumberland at the
end of Year 12. This allows primary data collection for either a human or physical investigation
The topics covered in Year 12:
Tectonic Processes and Hazards – Tectonic processes, a study of the causes of tectonic hazards, the
impact of tectonic activity on people, and responses to tectonic hazards.
Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – An integrated study of processes, landforms and
landscapes. A study of one Coastal Landscape System and the physical and human processes
influencing change over time and space.
Globalisation – A study of globalisation, its causes and consequences for different people and
Regenerating Places – A study of how and why places are shaped and changed, the
The Year 13 topics include:
The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity – Water cycle, human and natural factors that impact on
water cycling, consequences for water security and future water conflicts.
The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security – Carbon cycle, human and natural factors impacting on
carbon cycling, the consequences for ecosystems and management strategies.
Superpowers – Superpowers, the reasons for shifting economic and political power, the impacts of
superpowers, influence of superpowers in governing the global commons.
Global Development and Connections – Health, Human Rights and Intervention.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?
We would usually advise that a Grade 5 or above in either GCSE Geography or one of the
Humanities would be a good indicator of suitability for the course.
Geography is all around you and to keep abreast of this exciting and ever-changing subject you
will need to watch appropriate television documentaries and read a quality newspaper.
Stewardship of the planet we all share will pass to your generation so some understanding of
how it works is essential.
Geography is regarded highly by the Russell University Group as a facilitating subject.
The practical skills of investigation, analysis, the use of statistical methods, interpretation, report
writing and making presentations are transferable key skills which are highly sought after by
One aspect of Geography that students find appealing is the range of opportunities available to
those with an A Level in Geography. For example, some recent former students are working as
landscape architect, estate manager, surveyor, transport manager, marketing officer, teacher,
farmer, lecturer, archivist, museum director, army officer..