Geography (OCR)

Geography teaches about the Earth’s places, people, environments and societies. At its core lies the understanding of the relationships and impacts between people and the environment. The A Level Geography course at Sexey’s aims to encourage learners to develop a range of essential skills for Higher Education and the world of work through content which is relevant to any citizen of the planet in the 21st century. Through exciting topics, learners will understand the nature of physical and human geography whilst unpicking the debates surrounding contemporary challenges facing the world today.

Previous students that have studied Geography at A Level have gone on to study a range of degree courses including geography, marine biology, environmental science and engineering.


A Level

Component 1: Physical Systems

This incorporates Landscapes Systems (Coasts) and Earth’s Life Support Systems (investigating the need for solutions to protect the Earth’s water and carbon cycle systems).

Assessment: Written paper, 1 hour 30 mins, 22% of A Level qualification

Component 2: Human Interactions

This covers Global Connections (including Global Migration and Human Rights) and Changing Spaces; Making Places.

Assessment: Written paper, 1 hour 30 mins, 22% of A Level qualification

Component 3: Geographical Debates

This takes some of the most dynamic issues the planet faces and encourages learners to engage with, reflect on and think critically about them. Specifically, A Level students will gain a deep understanding of the Hazardous Earth and Exploring Oceans.

Assessment: Written paper, 2 hours 30 mins, 36% of A Level qualification

Component 4: Investigative Geography

Independent investigation related to the specification.

Assessment: Coursework, 20% of A Level qualification

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including Grade 5 in GCSE Geography (if taken as a GSCE option).

Updated September 2023