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Geography is about understanding the Earth and our place upon it. It examines how landscapes and countries differ, how natural and human environments interact.
What is Geography?

A Level Geography is about understanding the Earth and our place upon it. It examines how landscapes and countries differ, how natural and human environments interact, and the complex connections between resources, people and development. Geography examines why some regions develop, while others remain in a state of instability; why some areas are afflicted by disasters and others not; and it explores how the physical world can have a dramatic influence on our daily lives.

What is Geography at DLD?

A Level Geography is:

Incorporates a range of learning techniques using PowerPoint and documentaries and focusing on exam practice, essay writing, wider reading and individual presentations and developing team-work, field and map skills

How is it assessed?
Component 1Physical Geography40%2 hours 30 minutes examination
Component 2Human Geography40%2 hours 30 minutes examination
Component 3Geographical investigation20%Fieldwork investigation

Exam Board: AQA(A)

What do I need?

You will need enthusiasm for the subject and the energy and willingness to work hard in a demanding programme. A GCSE in Geography is preferred but not necessary. You will need an understanding of basic Maths at GCSE level and you will be required to attend the residential field study in March.

Good subject combinations

Geography is considered a rigorous, academic A level by all leading universities and provides students with a breadth of knowledge and important skills for their future studies. Geography dove tails with many other subjects, such as Economics, History, Sociology, Biology, Physics and Politics.

After DLD

A level Geography equips you with a good foundation of knowledge, coupled with the skills necessary to deal with complex relationships in a rapidly changing physical and human environment. There are direct applications such as teaching, environmental management, tourism or working within international aid organisations. In addition, Geographers are valued for their organizational skills, often acting as co-ordinators where major issues require specialist input from different disciplines. This can lead to work in administration, town planning, journalism, politics, diplomatic service and media.


Q. Can I do the course in one year?
A. No.

Q. Is Geography mainly map reading and memorising capital cities?
A. No, it is a diverse and academically challenging subject.

Entry Requirements for international students

To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0.

At the start of each academic year of study students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons.

If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.

A Level Geography is a great subject to study whether you are interested in the sciences or humanities. It allows you to develop relationships between various disciplines and to understand how human processes may be influenced by our environment. At DLD Geography is a fun and academic subject where we take part in discussions and group work with lots of teacher interaction.

Katherine Blair – DLD student

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