Advanced GCE in Geography

Course Overview

OCR’s A Level in Geography will enable learners to:

  • Develop their knowledge of locations, places, processes and environments, at all geographical scales from local to global across the specification as a whole
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the selected core and non-core processes in physical and human geography at a range of temporal and spatial scales, and of the concepts which illuminate their significance in a range of locational contexts
  • Recognise and be able to analyse the complexity of people-environment interactions at all geographical scales, and appreciate how these underpin understanding of some of the key issues facing the world today.
  • Become confident and competent in selecting, using and evaluating a range of quantitative and qualitative skills and approaches, (including observing, collecting and analysing geo-located data) and applying them as an integral part of their studies
  • Understand the fundamental role of fieldwork as a tool to understand and generate new knowledge about the real world, and become skilled at planning, undertaking and evaluating fieldwork in appropriate situations
  • Apply geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches in a rigorous way to a range of geographical questions and issues, including those identified in fieldwork, recognising both the contributions and limitations of geography
  • Develop as critical and reflective learners, able to articulate opinions, suggest relevant new ideas and provide evidenced argument in a range of situations.

Qualification Details

  • Qualification: Advanced GCE in Geography
  • Exam Board: OCR


Course Teacher Profile

Mrs M. Bulleyment

Mrs M. Bulleyment


Mrs Bulleyment is the Curriculum Team Lead for Geography in the Amethyst Sixth Form

Course Requirements

To enrol for the A Level Geography course you must have the following…

  • Geography GCSE Grade 6 or above
  • English GCSE Grade 5 or above
  • Maths GCSE Grade 5 or above

Year 1 Summary

  • Unit 1 – Changing Spaces; Making Places
  • Unit 2 – Coastal Environments
  • Unit 3 – Hazardous Earth
  • Unit 4 – Disease Dilemmas
  • Unit 5 – Global Migration
  • Fieldwork skills (Students have to complete 2 days of fieldwork; one in a human and one in a physical environment)

Year 2 Summary

  • Unit 6 – Human Rights
  • Unit 7 – Earth’s Life Support Systems
  • Unit 9 – NEA (Independent investigation involving at least 2 days of fieldwork)

Careers and Next Steps

  • OCR’s A Level in Geography aims to encourage learners to develop a range of essential skills for Higher Education and the world of work through content which is relevant to any citizen of the planet in the 21st century. Through exciting topics learners will understand the nature of physical and human geography whilst unpicking the debates surrounding contemporary challenges facing the world today.
  • A level Geographers are equipped with an excellent range of both qualitative and quantitative skills which are vital for any university degree course and which also contribute to their employability in the workplace, whatever their career chosen.
  • Some Jobs that geographers can do are: Accountant, archaeologist, architect, cartographer, conservationist, civil engineer, estate agent, environmentalist, financial advisor, geologist, graphic designer, foreign correspondent, holiday rep, hydrologist, journalist, meteorologist, landscaper, peacekeeper, politician, philosopher, psychologist, outdoor pursuits supervisor, town planner, teacher, surveyor, translator, travel agent.

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