A level


Names of staff, role & contact details

Mrs S Mycock
Subject Leader

Mrs S Petricco
Geography Teacher

Mr D Watters
Geography Teacher

Mr A Mycock
Assistant Headteacher

Name of course(s) offeredExam boardLink to specNature of assessment
GeographyEdexcelhttp://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/geography-2016.html Paper 1 (9GEO/01)

Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes
30% of the qualification
105 marks

Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards

Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – including optional sub-topics from which students choose one from two: 2A: Glaciated Landscapes and Change
or 2B: Coastal Landscapes and Change

Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity

Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Paper 2 (9GEO/02)
Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes
30% of the qualification
105 marks

Topic 3: Globalisation
Topic 4: Shaping Places – including optional sub-topics from which students
choose one from two: 4A Regenerating Places or 4B Diverse Places
Topic 7: Superpowers
Topic 8: Global Development and Connections – including optional sub-topics
from which students choose one from two: 8A Health, Human Rights and Intervention or
8B Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

Paper 3 (9GEO/03)
Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes
20% of the qualification
70 marks

An externally-assessed written examination. A resource booklet will contain information about the
geographical issue.
All questions in the examination draw synoptically on knowledge and understanding from
compulsory content drawn from different parts of the course.
The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The
examination includes 8-mark, 18-mark and 24-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may
be used

Non-Examination Assessment (NEA) Independent Investigation (9GEO/04
Non-examined assessment
20% of the qualification
70 marks

The student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional
content. The topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification

- The student’s investigation will incorporate fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a
group) and own research and/or secondary data

- The fieldwork, which forms the focus and context of the individual investigation, may be either
human, physical or integrated physical-human

- The investigation report will evidence independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation
of data findings and extended writing

- Students will be expected to show evidence that they have used both quantitative and
qualitative data to support their independent investigation as appropriate to the particular
environment and/or location.

Year 12

Term 1
Physical: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
Human: Globalisation

Term 2
Physical: Coastal Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
Human: Shaping Places, Regenerating Places

Term 3
NEA: Non Examined Assessment. Fieldwork, data collection design, collection, interpretation and analysis.

Year 13

Term 1
Physical: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
Human: Superpowers

Term 2
Physical: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Human: Global Development and Connections

Term 3
Case Studies, Revision and Exam preparation.

How to support your child in Geography:

Via our school network students can access Geography Review, this is a fantastic resource targeted at A Level student.  Geography Review includes lots of relevant and up to date case studies, it covers theory and examination help articles show model answers linked to examiner feedback.

We would like our Geography students to create portfolios of evidence to show what they have been reading, as wider geographical reading helps students think more synoptically and encourages links to be formed between the different elements of the A level course. To help support your child it would be useful to discuss what is in their folders.

There are three different core text books.  You will have access to this one at Baines:


The following two are ones that you may like to purchase yourself to supplement your class notes. Reading before and after our lessons will help firm up your subject knowledge and understanding.



Hodder have produced a series of work books; these are very useful for revision and recapping what we have done in class.

Work book 1: Year 12 Physical Geography


Work book 2: Year 12 Human Geography


Work book 3: Year 13 Physical Geography


Work book 4: Year 13 Human Geography