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Why study Geography?

The subject provides opportunities to understand the interrelationships of people and their environments. You will learn to appreciate the dynamic nature of how places, environments and issues change and how people respond to them.

Course content/Outline:

Paper 1: Dynamic Landscapes, Physical Systems and Sustainability (30%)
Tectonic Processes and Hazards, The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security, Climate Change Futures and Coastal Landscapes and Change.

Paper 2: Dynamic Places, Human Systems and Geopolitics (30%)
Globalisation, Regenerating Places, Superpowers, Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.

Paper 3: Synoptic Paper (20%)
The specification contains three synoptic themes within the compulsory content areas:

  • Players
  • Attitudes and Actions
  • Futures and Uncertainties

The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.

Coursework: Independent Investigation

  • The purpose of this coursework is to test skills in independent investigation.

  • The investigation will incorporate fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a group) and own research and/or secondary data.

  • A written report of 3000–4000 words.  

A residential field visit for a minimum of 4 days is part of the course in preparation for the coursework. This is based on your independent investigation for either a physical or human aspect of the course.

What career opportunities are there?

Geography is a robust and respected academic subject welcomed by Higher Education and employers. It combines both the facts of science and the arts and equips you with the skills vital for success at university and is relevant to a whole range of careers. Geography is a broad based subject which provides lots of opportunities for future progression. For example careers in, urban regeneration, energy supply, sustainability and green issues. For careers in Business, geography gives you an understanding of global economics. Many Heathland Geography pupils have gone on to have careers in Law and Social Work, Management, Financial Trading, Travel and Tourism, Environmental Planning, Education and Journalism.

To watch

Wider reading

  • Factfulness, by Hans Rosling
  • When the Rivers run dry, The global water crisis and how to solve it, by Fred Pearce
  • Disaster by choice, by Ilan Kelman
  • The Almighty Dollar, by Dharshini David
  • How bad are bananas? by Mike Berners-Lee
  • Prisoners of geography, by Tim Marshall
  • Guns, germs and steel, by Jared Diamond


  • Ask the Geographer
  • GeogPod
  • The Intelligence from The Economist

Syllabus: Geography
Examination Board: Edexcel
More information: Miss J Gidman