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ITS Tutorial School has offered top A-level Geography support since 2005. We are the only tutorial school in Hong Kong also licensed to run the A-level exams by Pearson. You can take both International A-levels and some GCE subjects as well. Thousands of students have taken private tuition with our Geography tutors to date. You can either:

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Why choose Edexcel International A-level Geography?

This course aims to give you the skills to:

  • develop an enjoyment of geography
  • understand geographical study
  • become an independent learner and a critical thinker
  • develop research skills
  • develop your analytical skills.

This qualification is 100% externally assessed by examination and has a modular structure, with three exam sessions each year in October, January and June (not all subjects are available in each exam session). A table of the course structure can be found at the bottom of the page.

Why choose ITS for tuition or full time study ?
  • Value for money
  • Easy accessibility – all lessons can be taken either here at our school or online
  • Flexible learning – choose when, where and how you learn
  • Individualized for YOU – pick and choose from our add-on services according to your needs
  • Fully qualified and experienced teachers from an official centre
  • Latest specifications – we are an official centre for this qualification
  • Full support services – our counsellors can guide you through the course and on to the next step
  • The course content may be relevant to a variety of exams (SATII, IB, AQA, OCR, CIE) and school study. See the unit description for more detail on the content
What are the prerequisites of this course?

First and foremost, to study an IAL in Geography you must have a keen interest in the world, an enquiring mind and the ability to analyse evidence and arguments. You do not need to have studied geography before, but previous study in geography may be useful, especially the international GCSE course. You will need to use transferable skills (cognitive, interpersonal, intrapersonal), especially skills in literacy.

What can I do with an A-level in Geography?

You can go on to university courses like an honours degrees in Geography, or go on to academic degrees like Politics, Law, Economics or Geology. An A-level in Geography also opens the doors to vocational qualifications in Media (Journalism) or Travel and Tourism. Usually you would expect to take three separate subjects at A-level if aiming for an academic degree so Geography goes well with Economics and Maths for those wanting to do academic degrees in either Economics or Geography.

The skills learned by studying geography are relevant to many careers, like journalism (especially travel journalism), national and local government, especially planning, and government administration, or careers related to geography in a variety of industry sectors especially energy and transport. Alternative paths may include working for NGOs in development scenarios or going into teaching.

For more information on specific university requirements related to A-levels, please see our A-levels FAQ page.

For more information on applying to UK universities, see our UCAS page.

If you are an international student taking A-levels the basic offer is made for 3 A-level subjects. It is very important when choosing these subjects that you understand what options you will have for university when the time comes. ITS has a long-established, highly experienced counselling team who can help you make these decisions and plan your academic course. But to start with, try out this excellent tool from the Russel Group which helps you experiment with your subject choices. Then come and see us.

How is the course structured?

You can find the Edexcel course specification here.

The course consists of four units – two IAS and two IA2 units

Find our FAQ's for Edexcel International A-levels here.

Topic and assessment overview

IAS Unit 1: Global Challenges *Unit code WGE01

  • Availability: January and June
  • 60% of the total IAS raw marks
  • 30% of the total IAL raw marks

Content summary
The meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges. How we can influence
global challenges through our own attitudes and actions. There are two compulsory topics
that form this unit: 
•  Topic 1: World at Risk 
•  Topic 2: Going Global

1 hour and 45 minute examination paper in two  sections.
Section A: data response and short-answer questions.
Section B: choice of World at Risk or  Going Global longer/guided essay questions.

 IAS Unit 2: Geographical Investigations *Unit code WGE02

  • Availability: January and June
  • 40% of the total IAS raw marks
  • 20% of the total IAL raw marks

Content summary
A closer look at how physical and human issues influence lives and can be managed, at a
local scale. There are two compulsory topics that form this unit: 
•  Topic 1: Crowded Coasts 
•  Topic 2: Urban Problems, Planning and Regeneration

1 hour and 30 minute examination paper in three  sections.
Section A: data response and short-answer questions on Crowded Coasts and Urban
Problems, Planning and Regeneration.
Section B: compulsory short-answer questions on research and fieldwork investigation.
Section C: choice of one  fieldwork question, on either  Crowded Coasts or  Urban Problems,
Planning and Regeneration.

 IA2 Unit 3: Contested Planet *Unit code WGE03

  • Availability: January and June
  • 60% of the total IA2 raw marks
  • 30% of the total IAL raw marks

Content summary
Physical systems underpin the distribution and use of resources, and resource management
is a key issue for geography in today’s world. Consumption patterns highlight stark
inequalities between regions, countries and groups of people. Many resources are finite,
and rising consumption means that difficult decisions over the use of resources will have to
be taken more frequently.
Section A – compulsory topics: 
•  Topic A1: Atmosphere and Weather Systems 
•  Topic A2: Biodiversity Under Threat

Section B – optional topics: 
•  Topic B1: Energy Security or  Topic B2: Water Conflicts

Section C – optional topics: 
•  Topic C1: Superpower Geographies or  Topic C2: Bridging the Development Gap

2 hour examination paper in three  sections.
Section A: longer/guided essay questions and a synoptic question.
Section B: choice of one  data response/essay question from two  topics (B1 or B2).
Section C: choice of one  data response/essay question from two  topics (C1 or C2).

 IA2 Unit 4: Researching Geography *Unit code WGE04 
•  Availability: January and June
40% of the total IA2 raw marks
20% of the total IAL raw marks

Content summary
Options range from those with a strong physical geography focus, to those concerned more
with environmental, social and cultural geographies. Students must select and study one  of
the following research options: 
•  Option 1: Tectonic Activity and Hazards 
•  Option 2: Feeding the World’s People 
•  Option 3: Cultural Diversity: People and Landscapes 
•  Option 4: Human Health and Disease

1 hour and 30 minute examination paper.
Candidates will be given a list of questions based on the four  options. Candidates will select
and answer one question that relates to the option they have studied.

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