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What A-levels do you need to study geography?

Keen to study geography at university? We’ve got all the info you need to decide the best subjects to support your decision...

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If you’re planning to study geography at university, an A-level in geography will keep all courses open to you – although more universities than you might think will accept you without it. Some courses may require you to have a science or maths A-level as well.


A-level subjects for geography

What A-level subjects are needed or essential for geography?  

Most courses require geography, but there are some exceptions. Search for courses to find out exactly what they ask for in their entry requirements.


What A-levels are useful for geography?

Some geography degrees prefer one or more of the following:
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • maths
  • physics

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    Other typical A-levels taken by current geography students

    • business studies
    • English literature
    • history

    Mix and match different A-level subjects to see where they'll lead you, try our A-level Explorer tool

    Examples of geography degree requirements

    Below are a few Geography BSc degrees offered by different universities, including the A-level entry requirements they ask for (as of 12 April 2018):

    University of Cumbria: ‘C,C-D,D,D.'

    King’s College London: ‘A,A,B.'

    University of Brighton: ‘B,B,C-C,C,C. To include A Level Geography.'

    Take a look at individual geography courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before attending, what they ask for in their entry requirements and lots more. 

    Other similar degree subjects

    Bear in mind that even similar degree subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements than for geography. If you want to keep your degree options open, check the entry requirements for specific courses before you finalise your choices.

    Check out our geography subject guide to learn more about studying this at degree-level or start browsing courses now.

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