A Level Geography

Course codes: OSC1287 / OSC1404 / OSC1405
Official A Level, worth up to 56 UCAS points

We have a 94% pass rate** with our A Levels, earn up to 56 UCAS points...

  • Official Edexcel Geography A level
  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university
  • Same course as sixth form or college
  • Enrol today and start your studies straight away
  • Study at your own pace with no strict deadlines to contend with
  • Develop your knowledge of natural hazards including earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis
  • Explore globalisation, the water cycle, human rights and much more!
  • Choose to include exams and fieldwork and save up to £770*

Study A Level Geography from the comfort of your own home and choose when to take your exams. A convenient and stress-free way to study that fits around your existing commitments.

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Course overview

Simply receive your course materials online or by post and start studying to gain that all-important A Level.

This new A Level course has been updated to meet the latest academic specifications, so you can feel confident you are studying the most up-to-date academic content.

Course Duration

Up to 2 years.

Course Outcome

A Level in Geography (you must take the A Level exams and coursework to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


3 paper-based exams and coursework

Course content

Specification code: Edexcel 9GE0

  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunami
  • The Earths internal structure
  • Plate tectonic theory
  • Continental drift
  • Paleomagnetism
  • Plate Boundaries
  • MEDCs and LEDCs
  • Tectonic Mega-disasters
  • Prediction and forecasting
  • Hazard management
  • Climate change
  • Volcanic Eruptions
  • The Cryosphere
  • Ice masses
  • Periglacial Processes
  • Periglacial Landforms
  • Tundra
  • Glacial mass balance
  • Glacier Movement
  • Rate of movement
  • Glacial erosion
  • Glacial transportation
  • Glacial Deposition
  • Formation of lowland depositional features
  • Fluvioglacial landforms
  • Proglacial features
  • Biodiversity
  • Water Cycle
  • Carbon cycle
  • Human activity
  • The influence of technology
  • International political and economic organisations
  • Special economic zones
  • Benefits of SEZs
  • KOF Index
  • Transnational corporations (TNCs)
  • The global shift
  • Push and pull factors
  • International migration
  • A global culture
  • Cultural erosion
  • Gross domestic product
  • Social measures of development
  • Effects of globalisation
  • Retention of cultural values
  • Fair trade
  • Ethical consumption schemes
  • Recycling
  • Economies
  • Places change
  • Reasons for change
  • Measuring change
  • National & regional influences
  • Global and International influences
  • The negative multiplier effect
  • Media sources
  • Representations of place
  • Infrastructure investment
  • North-South divide
  • Planning policies
  • Government policy
  • Local interest groups
  • Rebranding
  • Regeneration strategies
  • The living environment
  • Hydrological cycle
  • Water stores
  • Types of precipitation
  • A Tropical Rainforest: The Amazon
  • Water budget
  • River regimes
  • Storm Hydrograph
  • Urbanisation
  • Drought
  • The ecological impact
  • Flooding
  • The water cycle and climate change
  • Rising demand and diminishing supply
  • Physical and economic scarcity
  • Water conflicts and the future
  • Techno-fix
  • Sustainable schemes
  • The biogeochemical carbon cycle
  • Human Effects
  • Carbon Budgets
  • Carbon sequestration in oceans
  • Thermohaline circulation
  • Terrestrial sequestration
  • The greenhouse effect
  • The Greenhouse Effect and Climate Change
  • The concentration of carbon
  • Photosynthesis
  • Energy consumption
  • Fossil fuels
  • Biofuels
  • Economic power
  • Military power
  • Political power
  • Cultural power
  • Natural resources
  • Demographics
  • Hard Power vs Soft Power
  • Types of polarity
  • Geopolitical polarity and stability
  • Emerging nations
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • The role of TNCs
  • Global action
  • International alliances
  • Arctic oil and gas
  • Intellectual property
  • Political spheres of influence
  • Conflicts in the Middle East
  • Importance of China and India
  • Economic problems
  • Human development
  • Happy planet index
  • Sharia Law
  • Bolivia under Evo Morales
  • Goals of development
  • The importance of education
  • Health & life expectancy
  • The importance of IGOs
  • Millennium Development Goals
  • Human Rights
  • The transition to democracy
  • Levels of political corruption
  • Equality
  • Geopolitical interventions
  • Short-term responses
  • Just War Theory
  • The effectiveness of development aid
  • Recent military interventions
  • The cost of inaction
Extra info


To achieve the full Geography A Level qualification you will need to take the exams. You will be assessed across the above areas of study. All topics will be assessed by three paper-based examinations and coursework.

You will also need to undertake fieldwork.

You can choose to add on your exams and fieldwork with us. If you add these on you will have the option to take your exams in either Coventry, Bolton or Wimbledon. You will need to ensure you are able to travel to these locations.

A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below.

Course Duration

You will have 2 years to complete the full A Level from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an A Level in Geography by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post or online. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away! Your course will include self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked study questions, so you can monitor your progress.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of your exams and coursework, you will receive an A Level in Geography issued by Edexcel.

Thinking of Going to University?

A Levels are assessed primarily through examinations, and in some cases, coursework and/or practicals too, which are then combined to give a final grade. If you are planning to go on to higher education, this grade can then be translated into Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) points. You will be awarded up to 56 points per A Level which can then be added together to reach the total number of UCAS points required by your chosen university.

To help you achieve the best possible grade, our courses include carefully-devised learning activities, as well as a number of tutor-marked assignments, so you get detailed feedback to help you fine-tune your technique before you take the exam. Your assignments can also help your personal tutor to provide you with a predicted grade, where this is required for your university application.

Exam details

Paper 1: 9GE0/01
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Weighing: 30% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 105
  • Assessed: Areas of study 1 and 3
  • Assessment format: A mixture of short answers, open response and resource linked questions. You will also have to complete a 12 and 20 mark extended writing question
Paper 2: 9GE0/02
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Weighing: 30% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 105
  • Assessed: Areas of study 2 and 4
  • Assessment format: A mixture of short answers, open response and resource linked questions. You will also have to complete a 12 and 20 mark extended writing question
Paper 3: 9GE0/03
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Weighing: 20% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 70
  • Assessed: Content from all areas of study
  • Assessment format: A mixture of short answers, open response and resource linked questions. You will also have to complete an 8, 18 and 24 mark extended writing question
Coursework: 9GE0/04
  • Type: Coursework/Fieldwork
  • Weighing: 20% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 70
  • Assessed: Define a question of issue for investigation relating to the content in the course using your own research from fieldwork
  • Assessment format: A written investigation report of 3000 – 4000 words which is internally assessed at your chosen examination centre and externally moderated.  You must complete a minimum of four days of fieldwork, which will be taken under supervision.

Yes! You study the same coursework, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, and you receive full tutor support via email.

It is recommended you have at least a grade C at GCSE level maths or above, as a range of maths skills are needed for the completion of this course.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook

* Not included with the online study option

We recommend the following textbooks to help you with your studies, however, they are not essential for completion of the course:

  • C Dunn, AS/A-Level Geography Student Guide 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards; Landscape systems, processes and change (Phillip Allan 2016)
  • C Dunn, AS/A-Level Geography Student Guide 2: Globalisation; Shaping Places (Phillip Allan 2016)
  • V Pointon et al. Edexcel GCE Geography as Level Student Book and eBook (Edexcel Geography A Level 2016) (Edexcel 2016)
  • B Digby, Geography for Edexcel A Level Year 1 and AS Student Book (OUP 2016)

Textbooks can be purchased from most good booksellers.

Yes, you will need to take the standard A Level examinations in order to fully complete this course including fieldwork. You can book these with us.

If you don’t add on your exams with us, you will be required to book and pay for your exams and fieldwork yourself with your chosen exam centre.

You are still able to study this A Level course but must take the examinations within the UK as this is the only guaranteed way to access examination centres.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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