International Advanced Level Geography (2016)
Supporting success in Geography
Our Edexcel International Advanced Level in Geography specification and support materials have been developed with the help of teachers, universities and subject expert groups.
It contains interesting and engaging contemporary geographical content that allows you the flexibility to design programmes to suit your particular interests and needs, using a range of approaches. The specification also allows for a balance between students’ own particular physical, human and/or environmental global interests relevant to their lives and provides the knowledge, understanding and skills for further study at higher education or for employment.
We provide clear requirements for excellent and engaging fieldwork (please see 2021 update below), as well as guidance on the geographical investigation process, enabling students to develop and demonstrate the required fieldwork skills.
We recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic has created restrictions in many ways, including restriction on collecting primary data in the field for Geography fieldwork investigations. To support our teachers and students during this period, we're making the following changes for the January 2021 and May/June 2021 assessment:
- Removing the fieldwork statement. For this period, there's no requirement to carry out two days fieldwork outside the classroom and school grounds
- Instead, schools can use last year’s or any other previously collected data to go through the fieldwork process to prepare students to answer the familiar fieldwork context questions in Section B of Unit 2
- Mark schemes in Section B of Unit 2 will give equal credit to virtual/remote primary data collection, reference to primary data collected in previous years, as well as reference to the candidate’s own primary fieldwork experience, if this has been carried out.
- Qualification type:
- International Advanced Level
- Level 3
- Specification codes:
- International only
- First teaching:
- First assessment:
Why choose this specification?
Designed for the global learner, this qualification includes specific international content, making it highly relevant to students across the world.
Created in consultation with world-leading Higher Education Institutions, this new qualification provides students with access to local and international universities.
This qualification is 100% externally assessed and has a modular structure, with exams in January and June.
Resources and training programmes will be available to support you to deliver this new qualification with confidence from September 2016 onwards.
This qualification comprises of four units as follows: Units 1 and 2 (IAS) (may be awarded as a discrete qualification or contribute 50 per cent of the total International Advanced Level Marks) and Units 3 and 4 (IA2)
It is available for teaching in international centres only, and is assessed through a written exam instead of coursework.
There is synoptic assessment designed to help students make links between different geographical ideas and concepts and show their accumulated knowledge and understanding of a topic or subject area. Paper 3, Section A contains synoptic assessment where students will use relevant knowledge and understanding from AS unit 1 and A2 unit 3 (topics A1 and A2) to answer the question.
IAL Geography topics at a glance
January and June
Unit 1. Global challenges
(60% of IAS;
90 marks; 1h 45)
Unit 2. Geographical investigations
(40% of IAS;
60 marks; 1h 30m)
Unit 3. Contested Planet
(60% of IA2;
90 marks; 2h)
Unit 4. Researching Geography
One topic from:
This specification is available for teaching in international centres only, and is assessed through a written exam instead of coursework.
Read the FAQS on changes to A levels in England
Learn more about the changes and how they relate to our Edexcel International Advanced Level qualifications.
Administering this qualification
Find out about the rules and administrative requirements for this qualification.