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Reasons to study this course

  • To develop a range of essential skills for Higher Education and the world of work.
  • You will study interesting content, which is relevant to any citizen in the 21st century.
  • Through exciting topics, learners will understand the nature of physical and human geography whilst unpicking the debates surrounding the contemporary challenges facing the world today.
  • You will develop analytical and note taking skills including fieldwork study visits.

What you will need to study this course

  • interest in Geography, demonstrated by knowledge and appreciation of features of the natural and built landscape and human behaviour in this geographical setting
  • GCSE grade 5 in Geography and Maths as well as level 4 in English
  • willingness and desire to get out in the field to gather data – whatever the weather!

What you will study

Year 1 (AS) – Physical Geography including Tectonic processes, Glaciated Landscapes and a one-day fieldwork trip to the Lake District. Human Geography including Globalisation, Regenerating places and a fieldwork to Liverpool city centre.

Year 2 (A-Level) – Water Cycle and Water insecurity, Carbon cycle and energy security, Climate Change Futures as well as Human Systems and Geopolitics covering Superpowers, Health, Human Rights and Intervention.

How you will be assessed

Year 1 (AS) – two exams each including a fieldwork question

Year 2 (A-Level) – three exams worth 80% and an independent investigation worth 20%

Priestley Extra

As well as compulsory field trips to places such as the Lake District, recent educational visits have included Iceland and Sicily, with the chance to climb active volcanoes. Guest speakers including Priestley alumni and visits to universities.


Higher Education courses including Geography, Geology, Ecology, International Relations and Town Planning, for example. Apprenticeships and employment with a range of organisations such as the Environment Agency, HM Government, United Utilities, Peel Holdings and NGOs.

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