Why choose Geography?

Should Cambridge be allowed to spread on to its green belt? Why was the Haitian earthquake (Jan 2010) so devastating? What will be the effects, nationally and globally, of the current increase in average temperatures? 

These are important issues that geographers are involved in and that you may study in A level Geography. A rapidly changing world scene also makes geography a vital, dynamic and lively subject. Being able to understand some of the processes behind the changes and being able to predict possible outcomes means that geography students have important skills necessary to help manage the future of the planet. The current environmental concerns of climatic change, sea-level change, pollution, population growth and landscape degradation are all important global issues. Geographers have a role to play in their solution and management because they study the underlying processes and their spatial interaction. Geographers are in particularly high demand for employment because of their high numeracy and literary skills as well as their ability to work well with other people in teams – unemployment amongst geography graduates is very low! 

Fieldwork is regarded as very important at Hills Road and residential field trips take place in both AS and A2 level Geography. These are very popular with students, AS level fieldwork being closely linked to work covered in the classroom, and A2 level fieldwork being integral to one of the two A2 exam units. 

There is a flourishing Geography Society run by students who organise talks, revision courses, social events and other field visits, e.g. Beijing and The Three Gorges Project in June 2010, development in rural India in April 2011, 2012 and 2013 and a trip to Iceland in 2014.

There is no coursework in Geography, but AS and A2 fieldwork is a compulsory element of the course and will be tested in the geographical skills unit at A2 level.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade B in Geography or if not studied at GCSE, GCSE grade B in English Language or Literature, and GCSE grade C in Maths.

Awarding Body


Units of Study

AS Level

Geography - Unit 1

Managing physical environments: coastal, river, hot arid and cold environments. 

Geography - Unit 2

Managing change in human environments: urban change, rural change, energy issues and the growth of tourism. 

A2 Level

Geography - Unit 3

Global issues: up to four options will be studied from a range of environmental and economic issues including:

  • Earth hazards
  • Ecosystems and environments under threat
  • Climate hazards
  • Population and resources
  • Globalisation
  • Development and inequalities

Geography - Unit 4

Geographical skills