Topic outline

  • General

    Welcome to A Level Geography at L6FC


    Tutor: Sian Smith

    Email Sian


    Awarding Body: OCR

    Visit OCR website for information about Geography course


    If you have any questions about the course or anything to do with college life, please email heretohelp@eastcoast.ac.uk


    If you have any questions about the course or anything to do with college life, please emailheretohelp@eastcoast.ac.uk

  • Your first year and reading list

    Being a geographer at A level is all about engaging with the world around you, asking questions and seeking out the answers. The best way to prepare for your A level course is to read, listen and note down examples of anything you find of interest. Here are some links to websites, books, podcasts and videos that are connected to your future studies, keep a note of any interesting articles or case studies you come across as they will come in useful over the next two years. 

    Your first year studies will include: 

    • Changing Spaces; Making Places (Core human unit)
    • Coastal Landscape Systems (Physical option unit)
    • Hazardous Earth (Geographical Debates unit
    • Preparing for your Non-Examined Assessment (worth 20% of your final grade) 

    Your second year studies will include: 

    • Earth's Life Support Systems (Core physical unit)
    • Disease Dilemmas (Geographical Debates unit)
    • Global Migration Systems (Human option unit)
    • Human Rights (Human option unit)

    You will take part in 4 full days of fieldwork over the two years and have the option to attend a weeks residential trip away to the Lake District that will take place in the Summer term of your 1st year.

  • Before the course starts

    A level geography is exciting, fast paced and always changing but there are certain skills that you can begin to work on before you get to sixth form that will start to build the foundations for success over the next two years. 


    Critical analysis is a large part of any A level course and if often the next big learning step on from GCSE. If you would like to know more about critical thinking and how to develop these skills then the University of Bradford put together this short lesson that guides you through the basic principles. It has information and questions/activities with answers so you can check your progress. See the pdf below for the resource

    Maths is a fundamental part of geography and it may be helpful to refresh and even extend some key maths skills over the summer. We will of course cover all the mathematical skills you will need over the two years to be successful however attached is guide to some of the most important ones. See the pdf below for the resource

    ICT and particularly the use of GIS (geographical information systems) is increasingly important for all aspects of geography work from academics to industry professionals. But more simply as geographers we enjoy exploring space and relationships within and between spaces and places. If you enjoy maps and are interested in exploring how geographers begin to layer maps and data to discover spatial patterns, then look no further than the ARC GIS software. It is free to use (create a public account) and can certainly while away a few hours. We will certainly use this technology during your first year in geography so practice exploring all the different functions and maps available to you.  https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/create-account

  • Summer Project

    Linked to the first unit we will study called Changing Spaces; Making Places this summer project is designed to get you thinking about a place you know well. 

    What makes that place unique? Why do you feel an attachment to that place? How has that place changed over time? What changes are likely to happen in the future?  

    As you begin to explore these questions you will start to develop an understanding of the terms place and space.

    Please complete over the summer holidays and email your Padlet link to me before we start lessons in September at: s.smith@lowestoftsfc.ac.uk


  • Geography Taster day resources

    Here is the presentation I gave for the Geography taster day on June 29th. If you have any further questions about Geography please feel free to email me at s.smith@lowestoftsfc.ac.uk