Geography

A broad subject covering the relationship between societies and the physical environment

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Preparation

General Information

Overview [Link]. A good overview of the course structure and entry requirements.

Course content [Link]. For more information on the content of the Geography course, the Faculty have given more information here, split out by what you can study in each year.

Geography Society Alternative Prospectus [Link]. A really useful student-written 20-page PDF put together by ‘CUGS’ (Cambridge University Geography Society). It includes some ‘day in the life of’ features, examples of field trips and more about relevant societies. Worth a read!

Best preparation before application

HE Plus [Link]. A brilliant website created by the Cambridge Admissions Office with wonderful reading, resources, exercises and answer sheets on a wide variety of topics from ‘human’ geography (including overpopulation, policy-making and development) to ‘physical’ geography (including climate change, biodiversity and sea level rises).

21st Century Challenges [Link]. A joint project between the Royal Geographical Society and the Institute of British Geographers with online articles, videos and debates as well as live events on important social, environmental and economic challenges.

Sample lectures [Link]. On this page you’ll find a couple of 5-7 minute sample lectures by a current Cambridge academic, one on urbanisation and one on urban poverty. They’ll give you a taste of some ways to look at geographical ideas.

Royal Geographical Society [Link]. There are tonnes of amazing resources on this page which you can filter by area and level. Definitely worth a look for some ideas and debates to think about.

There are also very useful free experiences outside of what you can do at school or at home (although you’ll have to travel to get there). There’s absolutely no need to pay for the expensive courses often advertised online.

Geography Masterclass days [Link]. A fantastic and free way to experience sample lectures and put your questions directly to Cambridge staff.

Open days [Link]. These are a great chance not only to go the department and speak to current staff and students, but also to look round colleges and see which ones you like the look of. It’d be a good idea to have shortlist of colleges you would like to visit before you go, because there is a lot to see in one day!

Sutton Trust Summer School [Link]. A great residential course for state school students. Would be a perfect way to experience what studying at Cambridge is really like in a pretty fun and relaxed course.

Application and Interviews

Application

Requirements and Assessments [Link]. This page has details on required A-Level grades and also the Geography Admissions Assessments (Thinking Skills Assessment + Reading Comprehension [80 mins], and interpretation of graphical data [40 mins]) including the specification, specimen papers and past papers.

FAQs [Link]. This page on the Geography department website covers some useful areas including which A-level subjects are most useful and whether there is recommended reading for applicants (hint: there isn’t a specific list, so try the resources above!).

Interviews

Read interviews about Geography

General advice [Link]. This page has lots of good general tips including on how to prepare for interviews before you arrive on the day.

Mock interview [Link]. In this general advice video made by the University about interviews, there are clips from a mock Geography interview.

Colleges

Official College Websites