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Girls’ School


The Edexcel - A-Level Geography Syllabus

The A-Level consists of 4 papers

  • Unit 1 The Dynamic Planet
  • Unit 2  Dynamic Places

  • Unit 3 A Synoptic paper

  • Unit 4  Course work 3,000 to 4,000 words.

The A-Level course

Paper 1   The Dynamic Planet: 2 hours 15 minutes exam

In Year 12 we study Tectonic Processes and Hazards and Landscape Systems, Processes and Change-             coastal landscapes.  In Year 13: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, the Carbon Cycle and Energy                            Security and Climate Change Futures.

Paper 2   Dynamic places: 2 hours 15 minutes exam

In Year 12 we study Globalisation, plus Shaping Places- Diverse Places (demographic and cultural change)

In Year 13: Superpowers and Migration Identity and Sovereignty

Paper 3   The synoptic paper: 2 hours and 15 mins exam

This is based on a resource booklet. It will be based on areas of compulsory content in the course and                       comprises of resource- based questions and extended writing. The aim is to assess understanding and                    the ability to draw synoptic links across different subject areas.

Paper 4   The Independent Investigation

Here the student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional          content of the course, with teacher guidance. The topic may relate to any aspect of Geography contained        within the specification and must include their own fieldwork.

There will be 4 days of compulsory fieldwork to support students in their choice of hypotheses for the                    Independent Investigation. Our Geography fieldwork will be undertaken on a 3 day visit to Leeson House             FSC in Swanage, Dorset, plus a day in our local area. The ‘Individual Investigation’ data collection will then          be undertaken in the summer term of Year 12. It will be internally assessed and will then be moderated externally by Edexcel examiners. The guidelines are for 3,000-4,000 words. This is started in Year 12.