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Geography AS/A2 Level
What will you be learning?

The new A Level Geography course has been re-developed to incorporate a wide range of contemporary global issues that are of great importance to modern society. The focus of the course is the interaction between people and the environment, and the major global challenges that face the world’s population. The new A Level no longer includes coursework. Instead, pupils use the fieldwork skills they have learnt as part of the Unit 2 exam paper – Geographical Investigations.

A Level Geography requires an enquiring approach and an interest in the world around you. Wide background reading of quality newspapers and magazines is essential. Lessons will be a mixture of research, presentations, geographical field work skills, and investigations using CD ROMS, texts, journals, DVDs and the internet. Pupils will learn to collect, present and interpret data; to analyse information; to produce coherent, well argued essays and reports; and to empathise and develop an understanding of values and opinions.

UNIT 1 (AS 60%, A2 30%)
Global Challenges.
Global Natural Hazards/ Climate Change.
Globalisation and the Global Economy/Population and Migration.
UNIT 2 (AS 40%, A2 20%)
Geographical Investigations.
Crowded Coasts/ Rural and Urban areas – incorporates fieldwork skills.
UNIT 3 (A2 30%)
Contested Planet.
The use and management of world resources. Topics include: Energy Security, Water Conflicts, Biodiversity Under Threat, Superpower Geographies, Bridging the Development Gap, The Technological Fix?
UNIT 4 (A2 20%)
Geographical Research.
Research options from: Tectonic Activity, Cold Environments, Food Supply Problems, Cultural Diversity, Pollution, Impacts of Leisure and Tourism on Rural Landscapes.

Enrichment Activities: There will be a residential field trip for one week in the Lower Sixth, where pupils will learn and practice the field skills needed for the Geographical Investigations paper. This will cost approximately £290. In addition we encourage membership of the Local Geographical Association £5, attendance at two conferences (£10 each) and subscription to Geography Review (£12).

When? Start date: September.
Duration: 2 years.
How is it delivered? Usually as part of a full-time programme.
Availability: Current and continuing.
Time Slot: Daytime.

Who can do it? Age range: 16 - 19.

What will you be working towards?
Qualification: EDEXCEL Level 3 Advanced GCE in Geography (500/2238/6).
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL.
Type: A2 Level.
Sector: Geography.

Qualification: EDEXCEL Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Geography (500/2333/0).
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL.
Type: AS Level.
Sector: Geography.

What happens when you have finished?
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE, which could lead onto higher education to study Geography, other areas of humanities, science or more general higher education courses.

Geography’s strength is its breadth of subject matter – the new A Level provides a much greater bridge between the topics studied at school and university. It leads on to a diverse range of degree courses for both BA and BSc qualifications. Geography graduates pursue careers in a wide variety of fields including local government and planning, business, environmental issues, recreation, travel and tourism, agriculture and horticulture, civil engineering, cartography, teaching, meteorology, law, banking and commerce.

You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Where Can I Find More Information?
To find out more about this qualification, contact our Admissions Manager at or by phone on 01892 520902, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus