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Geography AS & A Level at Cardinal Newman Catholic School ~ A Specialist Arts and Community College

Course description

This course offers an issues-based approach to studying geography, enabling students to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues. The specification content gives students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people and environment questions and issues, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners.

Course content

Paper 1

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Coastal Landscapes and Change
  • Water Cycle and Water Insecurity  
  • Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Paper 2

  • Globalisation
  • Regenerating Places
  • Superpowers
  • Global Development and Connections

Entry requirements

The entry requirement is that a student must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C.


  • Paper 1 - 30% 2hrs 15mins Based on Paper 1 content.
  • Paper 2 - 30% 2hrs 15mins Based on Paper 2 content.
  • Paper 3 - 20% 2hrs 15mins A synoptic investigation based on a geographical issue within a place-based context.
  • Coursework - 20%* Independent Investigation

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*All students must complete at least 4 days compulsory fieldwork. Past of these 4 days will be at Dol-y-Moch, Coventry’s outdoor centre in North Wales.

Future opportunities

Geography is a broad based academic degree which is well respected by employers. Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment. An example of the potential jobs include:

  • Cartographer
  • Commercial/residential surveyor
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographical information systems officer
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Town planner
  • Government Roles
  • Travel Consultants
  • Surveyor
  • Armed Forces

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Newman Catholic School ~ A Specialist Arts and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016
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