Why study this course?

Geography at Malbank Sixth Form is a well-established course with a record of excellent results and achievements. Last year 100% of students gained at least a C grade at A2 level. Teaching staff are all Geography specialists and have a proven track record of A level teaching. All A level lessons take place within the Geography area meaning students not only have access to specialist resources but also to a bank of computers to aid them in their work. Geography is regarded as both an art and science subject meaning students who study it have a wide range of options available to them.How is the course structured?


Unit 1 - Physical Geography and people and the environment
•Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
•80 marks
•50% of AS

Unit 2 - Human Geography and geography fieldwork investigation
•Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
•80 marks
•50% of AS


Unit 1 - Physical Geography
•Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
•120 marks
•40% of A-level

Unit 2 - Human Geography
•Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
•120 marks
•40% of A-level

Unit 3 - Geography fieldwork investigation
•3,000-4,000 words
•60 marks
•20% of A-level
•Marked by teachers
•Moderated by AQA 

What are the entry requirements?

It is recommended that students who take this subject at A level have some previous experience at GCSE with at least a C grade on the Higher exam paper. However, consideration will be given to students who have not fulfilled the criteria of studying GCSE Geography but have gained at least a C grade in Science and/or Maths GCSE.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

The content studied within Geography is very cross-curricular in nature meaning there are strong links with a wide range of other subjects. Students have studied Geography with nearly all the other A level subjects that are offered in the Sixth Form at Malbank.

What career paths would this course lead to?

Careers that could lead on from studying Geography are crime analysis, cartography, law, town planning, coastal management, civil engineering, disaster management, teaching to name but a few. Geography is highly regarded by employers as it produces students with a wide range of skills and world knowledge.

What specific skills will I learn?

  • Decision making and problem solving related to current geographical issues
  • Statistical skills for data analysis
  • Map reading and use of GIS (Geographical Information Systems such as GoogleEarth)
  • Presenting and communicating work in a group setting
  • Researching skills to investigate topical issues
  • Development of understanding complex interrelationships

What Extra Opportunities are available?

All Geography A level students are expected to participate in a fieldwork experience. One of these is a day fieldtrip in Britain and every two years there is a foreign trip where Years 12 and 13 have 4 days in Barcelona. The purpose of the fieldtrip is to develop practical skills in preparation for the skills paper and to gain an understanding of geographical issues from first-hand experience. There is an annual Geography 6th Form Conference that students attend as part of their exam preparation. The department has computers available for students use and additional revision sessions are run for the benefit of students.

Barcelona Trip 2010
 Afon Anavon 2011

"Geography rocks" - Oli
"Geography is about knowing the environment you are living in better" - Caroline
"Geography is knowing about how the world works" - Nick

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