Hartlepool Sixth Form College


AS / A2 Geography

Course Content

Geographers possess the skills that employers look for and what is true of employers is also true of universities. This is because of the way in which Geography integrates ideas from the Sciences, Social sciences and the Arts. By studying Geography you will develop the skills that are much in demand.

Geography is concerned with the Big Issues facing the planet today from growing populations, expanding resource use to potential environmental catastrophe. The course is divided into three sections of study:

  1. Physical Geography – Water and carbon cycles, Cold Environments, Hazards. Including the study of rivers, glaciers, the tundra, volcanoes, earthquakes and storms.
  2. Human Geography – Global systems and governance, Changing places, Population and the environment. Including International trade, Antarctica, population predictions.
  3. A fieldwork investigation - an individual student report based on data collected in the field

Fieldwork is a necessary part of the teaching and learning in the course and we will experience a balance of both physical and human issues.


Two written papers of 2hours 30 minutes, with a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended prose questions. You will be expected to write evaluatively and be able to synthesise data from maps, diagrams and graphs. These written papers are worth 40% each. The fieldwork report is the remaining 20% of the total A Level score.


Many students go on to University, often to study geography related courses. Students also go on to geography related careers for example, architecture, geology, environmental science, town planning and teaching.

Others use their geography skills in different ways; A* student and future Doctor Rachel Dobson said: “I really enjoyed my two years at College, particularly our geography trip to the Lake District, it helped me to put the theory we had learned in the classroom into context.”