A-level Geography

CAIE A-level
Geography is the study of all things impacting the planet we inhabit, understanding the responsibility we have to expand our knowledge about the environment and the effects of the human population.
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A-level Geography online course

Our world is incredibly complex, encompassing oceans, rainforests, mountains and deserts – it’s no wonder humankind is fascinated by the planet we inhabit. In this engaging online A-level geography course, you’ll delve into both physical and human geography, looking at humanity’s relationship with the Earth and our ongoing efforts to live sustainably.

In this A-level Geography course, you’ll get to explore the systems of different landscapes, from dry deserts to coastal systems and dynamic glaciers! This will lead you to discover the hazards the natural environment faces when ecosystems are under stress and the implications of developing urban environments and globalisation. Highly prized by employers and universities alike, A-level Geography will teach you critical research, analysis and data presentation skills.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Physical Geography: Hydrology, Fluvial Geomorphology

    • The drainage basin system
    • Discharge relationships within drainage basins
    • River channel processes and landforms
    • The human impact
  2. Unit 2 - Physical Geography: Atmosphere and Weather

    • Diurnal energy budgets
    • The global energy budget
    • Weather processes and phenomena
    • The human impact
  3. Unit 3 - Physical Geography: Rocks and Weathering

    • Plate tectonics
    • Weathering
    • Slope processes
    • The human impact
  4. Unit 4 - Human Geography: Population

    • Natural increase as a component of population change
    • Demographic transition
    • Population–resource relationships
    • The management of natural increase
  5. Unit 5 - Human Geography: Migration and Settlement Dynamics

    • Migration: what is it?
    • Migration models
    • Internal migration
    • International migration
    • Changes in rural settlements
    • Urbanisation and changing urban settlements
  6. Unit 6 - Physical Geography: Tropical Environments

    • Tropical climates
    • Tropical ecosystems
    • Tropical landforms
    • Sustainable management of tropical environments
  7. Unit 7 - Physical Geography: Hazardous Environments

    • Tectonic processes
    • Hazardous environments resulting from mass movements
    • Hazardous environments due to atmospheric disturbance
    • Sustainable management in hazardous environments
  8. Unit 8 - Human Geography: Production, Location and Change

    • Agricultural systems and food production
    • Management of agricultural change
    • Manufacturing and related service industry
    • Factors affecting industrial location
    • Free Trade Zones (FTZ)
    • Export Processing Zones (EPZ)
    • The management of change in a manufacturing industry
  9. Unit 9 - Human Geography: Global Interdependence

    • Trade flows and trading patterns
    • Factors affecting global trade
    • Debt, aid, and management
    • The development of international tourism
    • The management of a tourist destination
  10. Unit 10 - Preparing for the Exam: Physical Geography Paper 1 and 3

    • Preparing for Paper 1 – Core Physical Geography
    • Preparing for Paper 3 – Advanced Physical Geography
  11. Unit 11 - Preparing for the Exam: Human Geography Paper 2 and 4

    • Preparing for Paper 2 – Core Human Geography
    • Preparing for Paper 4 – Advanced Human Geography

Awarding Body

Cambridge Assessment CaieCambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) is the world’s largest provider of A-level courses and GCSE courses, qualifications and exams, delivering assessments to over 8 million learners in over 170 countries.

Recognised through UCAS

ucas registered centreThis course carries UCAS points. This means that it can be used to gain direct access to University courses and other Higher Education, through the UCAS system.

Course Outcome

Upon successfully completing this home learning course, you will receive the qualification: A-level Geography, issued by Cambridge International. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university. 

This syllabus (9696) has been chosen by Oxbridge because it is best suited to distance learning. 

How is this course assessed or examined?

You’ll be required to complete four standard A-level Geography written exams:

  • Paper 1: 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of A-level, 60 marks
  • Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of A-level, 60 marks
  • Paper 3: 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of A-level, 60 marks
  • Paper 4: 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of A-level, 60 marks

These exams contain a mixture of short and long answer questions and extended response questions. There is no field trip required for this course.

Entry requirements

A GCSE or equivalent in Geography is recommended for this course. This Geography A-level syllabus is a difficulty level three: the equivalent difficulty of an A-level or BTEC, which is usually suitable for most learners of all ages. 

Past Papers

You can access past papers for this course. They are free to access and cover a range of exam boards.

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