A-Level Geography

Our course code: X923

Course fee £695 or from £52 per month

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Humankind is fascinated by the planet we inhabit. Geography studies remind us that we have a responsibility to expand our knowledge of the environment so that we can understand the impact that human populations have on the world. This A-Level Geography course is an ideal route to further geography studies at university. A Geography qualification enables you to work in a range of fields, including education, commerce, industry, transport, tourism, and public sectors.

In this distance learning A-Level Geography course, you’ll get to explore the systems of different landscapes, from dry deserts to coastal systems and the 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, as well as globalisation.

This A-Level Geography course will develop your skills in both qualitative and quantitative approaches to gathering, processing and interpreting relevant information and data. You’ll become an expert at contextualising and reporting as you produce independent investigations and demonstrate fieldwork knowledge, skills, and understanding.

This home study course follows the new Cambridge International A-Level Geography syllabus and has been designed specifically to be studied online in your own time and space. You’ll have unlimited tutor support, a clear induction, and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for the exam. You’ll also have guaranteed access to one of our exam centres if you sit your final A-Level examinations in the UK.

You will benefit from:

  • A brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (for exams in 2022)
  • Access to a network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – we’ll help you write a study plan and support you throughout
  • Exam pass guarantee (If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

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.  

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: CAIE
  • Our course code: X923
  • Qualification code: 9696

Cambridge Assessment International Education is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes, qualifications and exams, delivering assessments to over 8 million learners in over 170 countries.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, quizzes, and interactive activities.

Course Duration

Your course will run for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment.


You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2022.

You’ll be required to complete four standard A-Level written exams.  

A-Level exams and coursework 

  • Paper 1: 1 hour 30 minutes25% 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.  

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.

We also offer an exam pass guarantee. If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you for free, to your next exams.


During your course, you’ll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to monitor your progress and will be used to produce predicted grades if needed.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course you will receive an A-Level in 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 the best suited to distance learning.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - A GCSE or equivalent in Geography is recommended for this course.

UCAS Points - 56

Course Content

1: Physical geography – Hydrology, fluvial geomorphology

In unit one, you’ll begin by studying the drainage basin system, and the discharge relationships between drainage basins. You’ll study the main types of river processes – erosion, transportation and deposition – and where they operate, as well as gain an understanding of the characteristics and patterns of river flow. Moving on, you’ll look at the human impact on the hydrological cycle, including flooding, and understand methods of prediction, prevention, mitigation and management.

2: Physical geography – atmosphere and weather

In unit two, you’ll investigate the vertical structure of the atmosphere and its role as a heat engine, and gain an understanding of the diurnal spatial and temporal variations in energy budgets. Moving on, you’ll look at the global energy budget, and the global pattern of pressure and wind caused by temperature variations. You’ll also examine phase change, the relationship between actual air temperature and the temperature of rising air, and much more!

3: Physical geography - rocks and weathering

In unit three, you’ll start by looking at plate tectonics, investigating the different types of plate boundaries along with the processes and landforms associated with them. Moving on, you’ll delve into chemical weathering processes, gaining an appreciation of the biological agents involved, and the factors that can influence it. You’ll also study rocks and weathering, gaining an insight into how human activity can have a significant impact on slope processes.

4: Human geography - population

Moving on to human geography, this section will focus on population. You’ll examine the factors which can cause population increase and decrease, as well as contrasting population structures. You’ll study demographic transition, along with population-resource relationships. Lastly, you’ll look at the management of natural population increase, along with the difficulties and strategies involved.

5: Human geography - migration and settlement dynamics

In this unit, you’ll study the concept of migration, and the factors that can influence migratory patterns. You’ll look at the different forms migration can take, such as rural-urban migration, counter-urbanisation and intra-urban migration. Next, you’ll delve into international migration, including the reasons that this occurs at a collective and individual level. You’ll also understand the reasons for the growth and decline of rural settlements.

6: Physical geography - tropical environments

To begin unit six, you’ll take a look at tropical climates and their unique characteristics, including weather patterns such as monsoons. You’ll study tropical ecosystems, the food chains that can exist within them, as well as nutrient cycling and vegetation. Next, you’ll investigate tropical landforms, the processes of tropical weathering, and the effect this has on landforms of granite and limestone in the tropics. Finally, you’ll examine the sustainable management of tropical environments, the issues that can impact this, and the strategies that are employed at a national and international level.

7: Physical geography - hazardous environments

Unit seven will focus on hazardous environments, beginning with the geographical disasters that can occur due to tectonic plate shifting, such as earthquakes. Next, you’ll look at the hazards that are caused as a result of mass movement caused either by natural processes or human activity. Moving on, you’ll examine how atmospheric disturbances can also cause hazards, such as cyclones or tornadoes. Finally, you’ll investigate sustainable management in hazardous environments, with a focus on case studies.

8: Human geography - production, location, and change

In unit eight, you’ll begin by taking a look at agricultural systems, and the social, economic, and political factors that can impact food production. You’ll examine the management of agricultural change through case studies, and investigate the factors affecting the location of manufacturing, as well as the impact this has on related service industries.

9: Human geography - global interdependence

The final unit will global trade, and the factors that can affect it such as resource endowment and locational advantage. You’ll study the role of the World Trade Organisation, and evaluate the impact that importing and exporting has on individual nations. You’ll also examine international debt and aid, and how these issues are tackled by the international community as a whole. Moving on, you’ll look at the impact that tourism has on local and national economies, focusing on case studies which explain how tourism destinations are managed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

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