A-level Geography

At A-level we follow the OCR course. The specification can be found here.

OCR’s A Level in Geography aims to encourage learners to develop a range of essential skills for Higher Education and the world of work through content which is relevant to any citizen of the planet in the 21st century. Through exciting topics learners will understand the nature of physical and human geography whilst unpicking the debates surrounding contemporary challenges facing the world today.

The A-level consists of four components:

  • Physical systems
  • Human interactions
  • Geographical debates
  • Independent investigation


The final grade is made up of 80% written exams and 20% non-examined assessment. Example assessment materials can be found here.

Component Assessment % final grade Physical systems

1hr30min exam

66 marks


  • Landscape Systems (Glaciated Landscapes)
  • Earth’s Life Support Systems
  • Geographical Skills

Human interactions

1hr30min exam

66 marks


  • Changing Spaces; Making Places
  • Global Connections (Global Migration, Powers and Borders)
  • Geographical Skills

Geographical debates

2hr30min exam

108 marks


  • Disease Dilemmas
  • Hazardous Earth

Independent Investigation

Non-examination assessment

60 marks


Lesson PowerPoints and further resources can be accessed via the Class OneNote on Office 365.