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 field work over the two years which will be assessed through external examinations. Currently we run a days 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 title.

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 places.

Regenerating Places – A study of how and why places are shaped and changed, the meanings and identities attached to different places and the consequences for different people.

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


Previous study of Geography at GCSE level is highly desirable. Success in GCSE Geography or GCSE Humanities to at least at grade 5, 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 Russel University Group as a facilitating subject.

The practical skills of investigating, analysis, the use of statistical methods, interpretation, report writing and making presentations are transferable key skills which are highly sought after by prospective employers.

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.