GCSE Grade 6 - 9 in Geography

With the study of Geography at A level, it is expected that the student has:

  • An enthusiasm for the subject of Geography
  • A willingness to enquire and ask questions
  • A thirst for independent research
  • The ability to write fluently and synoptically
  • The motivation to participate and take an active role in class discussions & debates
  • Very good organisational skills 


The A Level course is split into four strands with three exams of 2 Hour 15 minutes at the end of the 2 years of study and one piece of coursework:

  • Physical Geography: Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Coastal Landscape and Change, The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security 
  • Human Geography:Globalisation, Shaping Places, Superpowers, Global Development (Health, Human Rights and Intervention)
  • Synoptic Investigation of a Contemporary Issue- A synoptic assessment of geographical skills, knowledge and understanding (within a place-based context) from compulsory content drawn from different parts of the course. 
  • Geographical Investigation - Students will complete 4 days of fieldwork as part of the A Level course. They will complete an individual investigation, which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be decided by the student and will be based on the Geography course they are studying.  This will result in a 3000-4000 word write up.  

The study of Geography at St Joan of Arc is a very popular option. We have a team of dedicated and enthusiastic Geographers who are passionate about their subject and want the very best out of their students. The department is well resourced and creative providing students with a structured learning experience; however there is also an emphasis on students developing their own independent learning skills, which are highly sought-after beyond sixth form.

Learning outside the classroom -Fieldwork is an integral part of the A Level and students will be given the opportunity to extend their understanding through collecting data in the field as part of their independent investigation. We also run an international field trip experience with the most recent trip involving an exploration of Iceland in October 2018. 


Students who have studied A Level Geography are greatly sought-after.  Their ability to collect, collate and interpret data; to make decisions; to evaluate evidence, to work independently; to express theories and arguments fluently prepares them well for university courses and employment.  Many careers require a high level of geographical expertise including law, surveying, marketing, the travel industry, teaching, environmental science, journalism and architecture.


  • Strong literacy skills
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical skills
  • Cultivation of a world view and a certain cultural sensitivity
  • Numeracy skills
  • Fieldwork techniques