A-Level Geography

Course Information

  • Course Code: 6036-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: AQA
  • Study mode: Full Time


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-work and problem solving skills, as well as environmental awareness.

Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects. Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice. The Russell Group report published in 2011 names geography as one of the eight facilitating subjects. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and choosing facilitating subjects will keep more options open to you at university. In 2015 The Guardian identified geography as the 'must-have A Level'.

What will I study?

So, what will you study at A-level? You will cover both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. It will also, importantly, show the applied side of the subject - how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research, which will help you become an independent thinker and learner. By the time you get to your exams, you will be able to show your understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate your answers with case studies from local, national and international examples.

You will learn in a wide variety of ways, using maps, GIS skills, data analysis, photos, videos, and podcasts, as well as attending lectures, study days and field studies. You will be encouraged to frame your own questions using higher level thinking skills and show your grasp of complex issues through report and essay writing. Fieldwork will be an essential part of your A Level course and will require you to undertake a research investigation of your choosing, collecting your own evidence and reaching your own conclusions.

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
  • Regenerating Places
  • Superpowers
  • Geopolitics and Health
  • Human Rights and Intervention.

You will also study Fieldwork which is a compulsory part of the A-Level Geography programme. This will be for at least 4 days.

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above with at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English Language. Please note that for A-Level Geography you will need a grade 5 in GCSE Geography.


How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by written exams. There are three written examinations at the end of your programme. One of these focuses on your Fieldwork and allows you to conduct an investigation.

What can I do next?

Most students go onto university to study for a variety of geography related degrees. The subject combines well with both humanities and science subjects and is relevant in a wide variety of careers including environmental management, planning, finance, tourism and teaching.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options


Geoscientists or geologists study the structure of the Earth and how it was formed and shaped over time. They also explore its natural mineral and energy resources, and analyse rocks to uncover its history. If you are fascinated by the planet we live on and you would love to study it, this could be a good career choice for you.

To do this job you should have strong spoken and written communication skills. You will need to be able to work on your own and as part of a team. You might also need to be away from home for long periods.

To work as a geologist you will need a degree in a relevant subject. Some employers may ask for postgraduate qualifications.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Environmental Consultant

As an environmental consultant you will advise organisations on a broad range of environmental issues. This can include anything from managing waste and recycling to assessing flood risk and dealing with the effects of climate change.

Having a good understanding of business practice will help you to work with organisations in a competitive commercial world. You’ll also be using your communication skills to present your ideas and findings to people.

Most new environmental consultants have a degree or postgraduate award in environmental studies, environmental science or a related subject. You may also need some experience of working in an environmental setting like volunteering for a sustainability charity.

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Environmental Health Officer

Environmental health officers make sure that people's living and working surroundings are safe, healthy and hygienic. They work in both the private and public sectors. If you like variety and responsibility this job could be just what you are looking for.

To do this job you will need good spoken and written skills. You will need good people skills, for dealing with people from all backgrounds. You will also need a good level of scientific understanding.

To start in this job you will have to complete an environmental health degree or postgraduate degree. Then you must pass a series of professional exams.

Environmental health officers can also be known as environmental health practitioners (EHPs).

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Transport Planner

Transport planners play a central role in managing the growth of road, rail and air transport networks at local, regional and national level. They plan and advise on transport policies for new systems and on improvements to existing ones.

If you are good at solving problems and managing projects, and would like to play a key role in meeting people's transport needs, this job could suit you well.

In this job you would need good 'people skills'. You would need to be good at analysing data, writing reports and giving presentations. You would also need knowledge of local transport issues.

You would normally need a degree in a relevant subject such as civil engineering, geography or environmental science. You would then follow this up with a postgraduate master's qualification in transport planning.

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Countryside Officer

As a countryside officer you would be involved in the management, protection and improvement of the rural environment. If you are passionate about the countryside and keeping it safe for future generations, this job could suit you.

In this job you will need to be confident and assertive. You’ll also need to use your communication skills to get on with people and explain scientific issues in a way that is easy to understand.

Many countryside officers have a relevant HND, foundation degree or degree. Practical experience is highly valued and could improve your chances of finding work.

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Countryside Ranger

Countryside rangers look after areas of the countryside like woods and National Parks. They help to conserve animals, habitats and landscapes. They also manage public access and recreation. If you love the countryside and want to help keep it at its best, this job could be ideal for you.

To be a countryside ranger, you should have the ability to work as part of a team as well as alone. You will need practical skills for using tools and equipment. You will also need good communication skills.

You normally need experience and a relevant qualification to get into this job. A good way to get experience is by volunteering with organisations such as the National Trust.

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University Plus

For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a University Plus programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

Academic Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn Sixth Form. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

Blackburn Sixth Form

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, Blackburn Sixth Form is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Gurantee

As a Blackburn Sixth Form student, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education.
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so.
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve.
  • A learning environment that is academic, friendly and safe.