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AS/A2 Level : Geography at De Lisle College

Course description

Edexcel Geography Syllabus course comprises 4 units across AS/A2


This course would be suitable for all students. It provides a good grounding for those who wish to go on to Geography related subjects in Higher Education, and is also a good link subject with several other A level subjects


Course content


Unit 1 = Global Challenges (30%)

This consists of two topics. "World at Risk" - includes an introduction to a range of global natural hazards which threaten some areas of the world more than others and then focuses on climate change and global warming, seen by many as our greatest environmental challenge. "Going Global" - brings together today's rapid economic changes which are impacting unfairly on people across the globe, and the related international issues of population change and migration.

Unit 2 = Geographical Investigations (20%)

Here students are able to choose a physical and human topic, asssessing not just knowledge but also data response, investigative skills, evaluation techniques and use of related management strategies. The physical topics are: "Extreme Weather" and "Crowded Coasts". The human topics being: "Unequal Spaces" and "Rebranding Places".

Unit 3 = Contested Planet (30%) The use and management of resources is a key issue for geography in today's world. Consumption patterns highlight the stark inequalities between regions, countries and groups of people. Many resources are fine, and rising consumption means that difficult decisions over the use of resources will have to be taken more frequently. This unit has 6 compulsory topics: Energy Security; Water Conflicts; Biodiversity Under Threat; Superpower Geographies; Bridging the Development Gap, and The Technological Fix.

Unit 4 = Geographical Research (20%)

Students will select, research and study one of the 6 available options. The assessment exam will ask a set of questions based on their chosen research option. The choice is from: Techtonic Activity and Hazards; Cold Environments - landscapes and change; Life on the Margins - the food supply problem; The World of Cultural Diversity; Pollution and Human Health at Risk; Consuming the Rural Landscape - leisure and tourism.


A wide range of study methods are used to tackle the different requirements of each unit. These include; research, presentations, fieldwork, statistical analysis, use of ICT as well as traditional teaching and learning methods.

Entry requirements

Entry should include a minimum of 5 GCSEs at A* - C, with students being capable of working at grade B standard. We do take students who have not done GCSE Geography (based on good grades elsewhere) and many of these prove to be very succesful candidates.



Assessments across the 4 units cover a variety of styles;-

AS Unit 1 = 1 and a half hour examination

Unit 2 = 1 hour examination

A2 Unit 3 = 2 and a half hour assessment

Unit 4 = 1 and a half hour exam


Future opportunities

If you think you might be interested in a career in any of the following areas Geography would be a good option to consider:- Archaeology, Architecture, Armed forces (various specialisms within), Cartography, Conservation, Earth Science, Education, Ecology, Environmental Impacts, Land Use Planning, Leisure Management, Marketing, Recreational Resource Planning, Regional Planning, Tourism, Urban Planning and Water Resource Specialist to name a few.

You could take this course with other advanced level courses, to prepare for higher education in areas of geography, humanities, science or more general higher education courses.

With further training, you could go on to a job related to geography and work as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. The course also helps you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

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. There are a wide range of courses related to Geography at higher education establishments - many looking at a particular aspect of the subject, others being more general. Several related degrees like students to have A level Geography as a foundation subject e.g. Recreation Management, Planning and many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Lisle College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years