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Geography AS/A2 at Magdalen College School

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The new syllabus is designed to engage students and renew interest in the subject of geography, which offers so much to an understanding of our planet. It promotes independent enquiry learning, with thinking skills and field work.

Entry requirements

GCSE Geography is not a compulsory requirement as long as candidates have a good range of

A* - C's English and Maths required at grade C or above. If Geography take at GCSE grade C or above required.



AS Units - Managing Physical Environments

River environments

Coastal environments

Cold environments

Hot arid and semi-arid environments

Managing Change in Human Environments

Managing urban change

Managing rural change

The energy issue

The growth of tourism

A2 Units - Global Issues

Environmental issues:

o Earth Hazards (Option A1)

o Ecosystems and environments under threat (Option A2)

o Climate Hazards (Option 3)

Economic Issues:

o Population and resources (Option B1)

o Globalisation (Option B1)

o Development and inequalities (Option B3)

Geographical Skills:

o Identifying a suitable geographical question or hypothesis for investigation

o Developing a plan and strategy for conducting the investigation

o Collecting and recording appropriate data

o Presenting the data collected in appropriate forms

o Analysing and interpreting the data

Candidates at AS are required to develop fieldwork skills in the context of Human and Physical Geography which relate directly to their course of study - in Somerset FSC.

Financial information

Costs may be involved for fieldwork trips.

Future opportunities

Geography at AS and A2 level enables students to go onto University courses to study further Geography, planning, Archaeology, Meteorology, Hydrology, Architecture, Leisure Studies and also is a very good foundation for many other Degrees e.g. Law, medicine and ecological based subjects. 

Further information

This course works effectively combined with a mixture of either science options or Humanities based subjects. It counts as a Science for medical courses.

For further information please contact Mrs C Stacey.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Magdalen College School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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