Geography

Our Course

WJEC: A Level Geography

Geography A level is an exciting and dynamic course relevant to the world we live in today. It is a popular A level subject as it combines successfully with both the Humanities and Sciences. It encourages students to think holistically about the physical and human aspects of Geography and will develop one's ability to collect and analyse data in scientific enquiry, to develop a range of core skills and to improve your decision making about engaging current issues.

Key skills are learnt, such as:

  • Environmental understanding, population pressures and climate change
  • Appreciation of nature and landscape
  • Development of team building skills when undertaking field work
  • The varied roles of decision makers and how they impact on lives across the globe.

We follow the WJEC (Eduqas) exam board which covers core topics of physical and human geography, but also offers the flexibility of choice in second year modules and includes an individual study on a geographical issue.

The Department offers a wide range of additional opportunities including Royal Geographical Society membership, lectures, competitions and a variety of trips. 

Course Content

The course is divided into 4 components, summarised below:

Year Content Assessment Duration Weighting
1 Component 1 - Focusing on Glacial landscapes and changing places Examined through data response and extended writing questions 1¾ hours 20.5%
1 Component 2 - Focusing on water and carbon cycles, global governance (oceans and migration) and challenges in the 21st century Examined by data response and extended writing and a decision making element 2 hours 27.5%
2 Component 3 - Focusing on tectonic hazards and a choice of two from four modules: Ecosystems; Economic Development; Energy Challenges; Weather and Climate Examined through 2 essays and one extended response question 2¼ hours 32%
2 Component 4 - Independent Investigation A 3,000-4,000 word limit essay N/A 20%

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Looking Further Ahead

A wide variety of skills are developed by the Geography student. These include the basic skills of communication and numeracy together with many of a more specific nature, eg problem solving, data collection, analysis and interpretation.  In addition, the Department prepares students for university with day trip visits, lectures at Royal Holloway and the Royal Geographical Society and opportunities to attend student conferences.

The Russell Group of top British universities rank Geography amongst their most desirable A levels to have for applying to university. 

Volcano Trekking in Lanzarote

Six A level Geography students and a former student (now at university), travelled to the island of Lanzarote to research the local volcanoes. On arrival, we drove to the northern part of the island to learn about the formation of the island – visiting the Famara shield volcano.  As part of this visit we experienced la Cueva de los Verdes, the lava tubes which formed part of the Corona volcano - where we had a guided tour through the ancient underground lava tube. During the visit we were able to see some of volcanic material from 1000’s of years ago embedded into the rock. 

Early on the second day, we visited the south west of the island and climbed the Los Ajaches shield volcano.  We then visited the west coast, visiting the impressive basalt columns at Los Hervideros, followed by a walk up El Golfo Maar.  After lunch and an interesting camel ride we had a long walk across some cooled lava flows followed by a climb up the multiple cones of the Pico Partido complex. That evening we went out and experienced some traditional Spanish tapas and then headed back the hotel for a quiet night in. 

On our third and final day, we went to see the amazing views from the Caldera Blanca tuff cone – the best example of a tuff cone in the Canaries.