The study of the World and the interaction between human and natural environments.

Why study Geography?

Most importantly it’s an interesting and engaging programme of study throughout the two years. Other reasons include:

  • Explore some key issues of our time
  • Relevancy to the world around us
  • Investigate vital links between people and the natural environment
  • Develop international awareness
  • “Hands on” investigative skills
  • A Russell Group “facilitating subject”
  • Employability–geographers are listed amongst the most employable graduate.

What will I study?

Year 1
  • Earth’s Life Support Systems
  • Global Migration
  • Human Rights
  • Coastal Landscapes
  • Changing Spaces, Making Places 
Year 2
  • Hazardous Earth
  • ClimateChange
  • Independent Investigation (NEA)

Which exam board & how will I be assessed?


Three examinations at the end of year 2 (80%).

Independent Investigation (20%) – this is the coursework component which is submitted in your second year.

Where could it take me?

Geography students go on to various universities, apprenticeships and of course gap years to travel! Universities include Cambridge, Durham, Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster, St Andrews and Edinburgh. Students have progressed to a wide range of careers such as environmental consultant, planning and development surveyor, secondary school teacher and town planner.

Subject combinations

Many and varied! On the physical side of the subject the natural fit is Geology, but other scientific subjects including Biology combine well. On the human side of the subject History, Politics, Economics and Sociology complement the work we do in the classroom on key issues like inequality and development.

What support is available?

We offer a range of interventions throughout the course of study to support you and extend your learning. These can include one-to-one tutorials, revision sessions and coursework support sessions.

What extracurricular activity is available?

Earth Sciences Club offers a range of talks on geographic and geological topics (by our own staff & outside speakers). We will also be running a range of trips and visits throughout your study programme to conferences like the “Tectonic Hazards Conference” in Manchester.

In the past, we have run international trips to Sicily where students got to see and climb several volcanoes including Mount Stromboli and Mount Etna. Students also made their own pizza and visited the many attractions around Sicily.

Did you know?

  • It’s one of the few A-level courses with coursework which not only allows you to gain 20% of your mark before the exams but also to tailor a project to your individual interests on the course.

  • There will be opportunities for fieldwork, both local and international.