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Geography AS & A Level at Bebington High Sports College

Course description

This is a two year course, which involves the study of both physical and human geography. There is also the opportunity to carry out field work.

Course content

AS (one year) Consists of two units.:

  • Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography. (Forms 70% of AS Level and 35% of A2 Level) There is a 2 hour written Paper with structured short and extended questions. Students will study one Core Physical Geography topic = Rivers, Floods and Management and one Option topic from: Cold Environments, Coastal Environments, or Hot Desert Environments and their margins. Students will also study one Core Human topic = Population change and one Option topic from: Food Supply issues, Energy issues or Health issues.
  • Unit 2: Geographical Skills. (Forms 30% of AS Level and 15% of A2 Level) There is a 2 hour 30 minutes examination with structured skills and generic fieldwork questions. Students will carry out fieldwork investigations on several fieldtrips.

A2 (one year) Consists of two units:

  • Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues. (Forms 30% of the A Level) There is a 2 hour 30 minutes written examination with structured short and extended questions and an essay. This unit is issues based. 3 topics are studied; one from the Physical Option, one from the Human Option and one other. Physical topics include: Plate Tectonics and associated hazards, Weather and Climate and associated hazards or Ecosystems – change and challenge. Human Options include: World Cities, Development and Globalisation or Contemporary conflicts and challenges.
  • Unit 4: (Forms 20% of the A Level) There is a written Examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Students can either complete the 4a) Fieldwork Investigation, with field visits or complete a 4b) Geographical Issue Evaluation. If students complete Unit 4a) students can complete fieldwork studies to ensure this part of the course is covered. If students complete 4b) then students are given the opportunity to use analysis, synthesis and evaluation in their research.

Entry requirements

Students should gain a C grade or above in GCSE Geography. A Level Students will need to pass the AS course to continue on to A Level.

Assessment

AS and A2 courses are graded A*- E against AQA assessment criteria.

Future opportunities

With a good A Level in Geography you can go on to university to study a wide range of courses either at BA or BSc Level. It is considered one of the highest Academic subjects which Universities look for when recruiting students.

Students who study Geography can go on to work in careers such as:

  • Civil servant for DEFRA (Department for the environment, food and rural affairs)
  • Conservation worker
  • Environmental health officer
  • Architect or urban planner for sustainable projects
  • Environmental engineer
  • Landscape architecture
  • Pollution analyst
  • Recycling officer
  • Forestry manager
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental impact officer for oil or quarrying company
  • Planner
  • Housing manager
  • Surveyor
  • Urban regeneration officer
  • Local government services
  • Estate agent
  • Town planner
  • Transport officer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Construction or property lawyer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Conservation officer
  • Teacher
  • Social worker
  • Youth and community worker
  • Emergency services manager
  • Exhibition designer and curator
  • Health education campaigner
  • Advertising executive
  • Market research analyst
  • Public policy research
  • Marketing
  • Travel agent
  • Exhibitions coordinator
  • Leisure centre management
  • Heritage site manager
  • Eco Tour guide
  • Tourist information officer
  • Civil servant for DCMS (Dept for Culture, Media, Sport)
  • Travel writer
  • TV researcher
  • Holiday representative • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

Further information

We have two Geography teachers who are very passionate about Geography, very experienced and achieve good examination results. In the past, students have experienced some brilliant trips to amazing places. As you can see, an A Level in Geography can allow you to do a very wide range of careers. Feel free to come and speak to us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bebington High Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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