Lincoln Minster School

A-Level Geography

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There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography. Geography is a wide-ranging subject, which brings together the study of people and their environment. It relates to the many social, economic and environmental problems of the contemporary world and allows consideration of different perspectives.

New insights are afforded by topics as varied as the carbon cycle, postmodern-western cities and the ever changing topic of global governance and climate change.

Geographers are both literate and numerate, having the ability to analyse concepts from a scientific, human, physical or environmental viewpoint. Geography is a multi-disciplinary subject and is a highly regarded A-Level by Universities.

Physical Geography tends to be a concrete factual subject whereas Human Geography gives scope for discussion, argument and even disagreement! The study of both human and physical geography as part of the new A-Level produces rounded, analytical and sought-after students.

Fieldwork is an integral part of Geography A-Level. Geographers have a minimum of four days fieldwork experience in both the collection, interpretation and evaluation of data. This involves a residential experience.

The department also has close links with the School of Geography at the University of Lincoln where students are able to attend undergraduate lectures and speak with lecturers to build on their knowledge and understanding at a higher level.

External speakers are often invited to speak with our A-Level students; recent speakers include the Geographical Association and the Environment Agency.


In order to cover the core fieldwork skills required for this specification, LMS students participate in a residential fieldwork visit. Recent destinations have included Snowdonia and The Lake District. The cost for the visit is approximately £250. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the bi-annual visit to Iceland and study days in London as part of their preparation for external examinations.

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Course Content and Methodology

  • Water and the Carbon Cycle (a study of Earth’s major systems)
  • Changing Places (demography, culture and society behaviour) Coastal Systems (a systems approach to global coastal systems)
  • Global Systems and Global Governance (trade, development, migration, management of global resources)
  • Contemporary Urban Environments (physical and human aspects of urban areas) Hazards (tectonic and atmospheric systems, impacts and mitigation)
  • Lessons are taught in mixed ability groups and include a variety of teacher led, personal investigation and group work tasks.
  • Individual and student presentations form part of the experience as well as a number of ‘hands on’ modelling activities including fieldwork equipment, modelling clay and creative lessons.
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Exam board: AQA course code: 7037

The examination is a mix of an extended fieldwork investigation project (written in year 2) and two terminal written examinations. Students will need to use both English and Mathematical skills in order to interpret and analyse data, draw judgements, justify, conclude and evaluate. Extended 20 mark questions are required in essay style answers.

Component one:

Physical Geography Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 120 marks, 40% of A-Level

Component two:

Human Geography Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 120 marks, 40% of A-Level

Component three:

Geography Fieldwork Investigation Students complete an individual investigation which is 3,000–4,000 words on a topic of their own choice which is linked to the specification (60 marks/20% of A-Level)

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Meet Our Alumni

Our students go on to many exciting destinations all over the world and work in a wide range of careers. Our alumni includes Netflix actors, olympians, racecar drivers, musicians, business leaders and much more. 

Course Requirements

GCSE Geography (at 6 or above) is most preferable. Students should have a passion for knowledge and will need to invest a minimum of 3 hours a week for reading, personal investigation and homework. Students must have good use of the English language (reading, writing and speaking) for the 100% written assessment.

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Aspire Programme

The Aspire Programme is dedicated to providing exciting and challenging academic opportunities for our students.
These opportunities will be focused on extending knowledge and understanding, providing stimulating and demanding academic challenges, and, ultimately, inspiring students to apply for the most competitive courses at the most prestigious institutions. 


Our Sixth Form students have access to their own Common Room, Resources Centre and Silent Study Suite, where they socialise and relax, find books or speak to our Careers team, and complete their studies in peace (respectively).

As part of their studies, students may also have access to the dedicated art, photography and graphic design studio, purpose-built Recital Hall for musical performances, fully-equipped drama studio as well as indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.