A Level Geography

Leisure, Travel and Tourism

Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Leisure, Travel and Tourism

What will you be working towards?

Code UP21Gg
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Geography students are very employable.  They possess the skills that employers are looking for.  Geography combines both the arts and sciences and so it goes well with all other subjects on the curriculum  


This course is designed to give students an appreciation of a sense of place and geographical processes.  This is done using case studies that provide practical examples of geographical concepts and principles.  Links between and within various human and physical environments are emphasized.  Contemporary geographical issues are studied which enable students to develop an awareness of the role of values and attitudes in geographical decision-making processes.  Skills and techniques for the analysis and interpretation of data are developed throughout the course as well as developing map skills, the use of computers and other technology for analysis and presentation.  

We visit the Field Studies Centre at Nettlecombe Court in Exmoor at the end of Year 12 or beginning of Year 13.  This is a residential four-night stay and it is very important for all students to attend so that they can complete their fieldwork for component 3.  The cost is approximately £400.   

Uplands’ A Level geography students have gone on to work in, amongst other fields of employment architecture, agriculture, law, leisure and tourism, civil engineering, social work and surveying.  As well as combining well with other subjects, geography itself contains many skills that can be learnt in other subjects.     


How will it be delivered?

Component 1: physical geography. 

Section A – water and carbon cycles;   

Section B – hot desert environments, or coastal landscapes;   

Section C – hazards or ecosystems under stress, or cold environments;   

Written examination – two hours thirty minutes.  Worth 40% of the A Level.   

Component 2: human geography.   

Section A – global systems and global governance;   

Section B – changing places;   

Section C – contemporary urban environments, or population and the environment, or resource security;   

Written examination – two hours thirty minutes.  Worth 40% of the A Level.   

Component 3: geographical investigation.  Students complete an individual investigation based on fieldwork.  It will be a report of 3,000 to 4,000 words.  This component is marked by the teachers and moderated by the examination board.  

Entry requirements

Five GCSE's at grade 5 or above including Grade 6 in Geography and Grade 4 Mathematics and Grade 5 in English