A level Geography

Why study Cambridge A level Geography?

Our Cambridge A level Geography course is a facilitating subject’. Its combination of physical and social sciences, data skills and real-world applications, makes Geography a highly relevant subject to study and the perfect companion to any other humanities or science subjects. Geography is the bridge between the natural and social sciences, providing its own specialist knowledge and skills and the valuable interdisciplinary approaches needed to address pressing global issues from climate change and migration, to environmental change and social cohesion. Geography is fundamental to understanding and interpreting spatial and temporal change and issues affecting people, places and environments. It encourages students to understand contemporary issues and the complexity of environmental systems. Students gain an understanding of the impacts of human activity on environments and how these impacts can be managed sustainably.

‘Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?’ Michael Palin 2007 (former RGS-IBG President).

A level Geography is a versatile qualification that is well respected by employers and universities alike. Employers highly value Geography qualifications because Geography students can think logically and analytically. They are accurate and objective in collecting, recording, processing, presenting, analysing and interpreting data. They can also interpret and evaluate different sources and types of information and present a structured, coherent and evidence-based argument. If you want to better understand our world, a rewarding job that pays well and to help shape the future, then look no further: choose Geography.

‘Geography prepares for the world of work – geographers, with their skills of analysis are highly employable!’ Michael Palin.

Note that our experienced University Services Adviser can advise on A level courses and all aspects of university entrance including application support and references.


Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of A level courses.

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What do I need to know to enrol?

The home study course in A level Geography builds directly on the work you will have done for IGCSE/GCSE or equivalent in Geography or Environmental Management.

Grade B or 6 in one of these subjects is required before entry to A level.

We also require all A level students to have secured a Grade C or 4 in GCSE/IGCSE English and Maths.

The syllabus and exam

Our course will prepare you for the Cambridge International Examinations Syllabus 9696. Exams take place in June and November.

For exams from 2018 onwards:

AS level

Paper 1

Core Physical Geography worth 50% of the AS level or 25% of the full A level. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

Paper 2

Core Human Geography worth 50% of the AS level or 25% of the full A level. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

A level

For the full A level qualification, in addition to the AS papers above, you will take:

Paper 3

Advanced Physical Geography Options worth 25% of the full A level. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

Paper 4

Advanced Human Geography Options worth 25% of the full A level. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

All of our A level courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

Course samples

Course Fees

As a first time home-schooled student, Wolsey Hall Oxford has proved very successful and helped me to obtain the results I wanted. Not only does Wolsey offer a very well structured and focussed course but also has very insightful, informative and supportive tutors who are willing to go that extra mile to reply and explain each and every query. Through Wolsey Hall I managed to come out with completely ‘A’ grades in each AS level I took and I owe it to my Tutors for being there and helping me through it all; I couldn’t have done it without them (especially Carol – Geography Tutor, who always went the extra step to make things easier for me). I have now got into University! If you want results – look no further. Thanks Wolsey Hall!
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Brittany – A level Student


The initial study advice I received was easy to understand. My Tutors were more than helpful and were quick to answer any of my questions and grade my assignments. My Student Progress Manager was excellent in not only guiding me but keeping me up to date on events and other stuff also.

Jin Bo-Kyung, A Level Student

South Korea

My son Victor received the Cambridge Outstanding Learner Award 2018 in China, for his 95% AS Level Maths result! We had a great time at the ceremony. Victor is obviously the youngest award winner as he skipped two years of Maths in school. The other winners for AS or A Level are either at Year 13 or studying at University level already! The IGCSE subject award winners were already in Year 12, whilst Victor is only in Year 11. I hope he will get more awards next year, with his IGCSE subjects and A Level Maths.
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Lisa Kuo, A level Homeschooling Parent

Hong Kong