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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

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The aim of this course is to allow students to develop and apply their understanding of geographical concepts and processes and to understand and interpret our changing world. Students will develop their awareness of the complexity of interactions within and between societies, economies, cultures and environments at both the local and global scale.

Awarding Organisation: Edexcel

Reformed/Linear A-Level: Yes

More information: Mrs R Eaton


Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade 4+ in Geography and 5+ in English, plus the standard Sixth Form entry requirements.



Topics to be studied:

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Coastal Landscapes and Change
  • Globalisation
  • Superpowers
  • Regenerating Places
  • Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

Synoptic themes include:

  • Players
  • Attitudes and Actions
  • Futures and Uncertainties



Unit 1 – Physical Geography – 2 hour written examination worth 30%

Unit 2 – Human Geography – 2 hour written examination worth 30%

Unit 3 – Synoptic unit based on a resource booklet focusing on a geographical issue worth 20%

Unit 4 – Independent Geographical Investigation – coursework report of 3000 – 4000 words worth 20%


Post-18 Opportunities

Geographers look at issues from a wide perspective and develop a range of skills that are attractive to a very broad range of future employers. The specific technical skills directly relevant to geography-related careers include field work, research and report writing, preparing maps and diagrams, and using social survey and interpretative methods.


Destinations of students in the last two years:

  • Sussex University - Geography



One week residential field work.  Students will investigate coastal landscapes and change, regenerating places and be required to produce a coursework report for unit 4. Please note that the approximate cost of the field trip is £400. Students will need to purchase their text books.