Geography A Level


The world we live in is changing. Geography allows us to see why and how it is changing. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy skills, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team working and problem solving skills, as well as environmental awareness.

“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?” Michael Palin.

Students will cover a wide range of topics and experience a variety of learning and teaching approaches.

What goes well with this course?

Geography goes well with a wide range of subjects including:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • History
  • Economics
  • Politics


Many of our students go on to take a degree in Geography or a closely related subject. Employers like Geographers because they develop skills in literacy, numeracy, IT and spatial awareness; additionally they develop team skills and can articulate and analyse complex problems.

Studying Geography opens up a wide range of careers, including Environmental Management, Business and Marketing, Development and Global Issues, Planning, Travel & Tourism and Leisure industries. Teachers will be able to advise students about university entry and careers of an environmental or geographical nature.

Some A Level subjects are more frequently required for entry to degree courses than others. Geography is referred to as a ‘facilitating’ subject because it lends itself to studying a wide range of courses at university.  Recognised 'facilitating subjects' include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Maths and Further Maths
  • English
  • History
  • Geography
  • Languages (modern and classical)


Students are generally encouraged to do at least two facilitating subjects at A Level.



Course Content

Geography students study a range of Human and Physical topics and explore how their own actions can relate to the wider world.  Students will undertake geographical fieldwork and research as well as develop their geographical skills and their confidence in working with statistical techniques. 

Physical topics

  • Tectonic hazards and processes; Coastal landscapes and change; The water cycle and water insecurity; The carbon cycle and energy insecurity

Human topics

  • Globalisation; Shaping places; Superpowers and geopolitics; Global development and connections

The course includes compulsory fieldtrips within the UK which form an essential part of exam preparation and coursework, but do involve a financial cost.  Please contact the Geography Department via if you require further information.

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Geography students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • A trip to the Azores to explore volcanic landscapes and discover how the islands manage resources, biodiversity and tourism in a sustainable way
  • A trip to Morocco where students visited Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains, a traditional Berber village and the Draa Valley, a spectacular sandstone gorge on the periphery of the Sahara
  • A trip to Sicily, the main focus of which was to study the impacts of plate tectonics on this island both in the physical landscape and through an appreciation of Sicily’s history
  • A trip to Seaford to investigate coastal processes
  • A trip to Stratford, London to explore the regeneration project from the London 2012 Olympics
  • A Tectonic Hazards Conference in London: the conference proved invaluable for students, not only in helping with exam preparation, but also giving them a taste of university teaching

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


The A Level is 20% coursework and 80% examination based, with three papers sat in June of the second year.

The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, there are different entry requirements for students with and without GCSE Geography:

Students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:  

  • Grade 5 in Geography, Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 4 in Maths, or
  • Grade 5 in Geography, Grade 4 in English Language and Grade 5 in Maths, or
  • Grade 5 in English Language and Maths

The course will appeal to students if they:

  • Are curious about the places, peoples and environments across the globe
  • Like asking questions and finding answers
  • Are interested in local, regional and global issues
  • Have the ability to think independently
  • Wish to explore human, physical and environmental geographical relationships

Students should have an interest in the natural and human world, be good at written and spoken communication and enjoy discussion and working with others.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level Geography information leaflet.

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