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A2 Geography at South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy

Course description

This course will develop your understanding of physical and human geography, challenge your perceptions and stimulate your investigative and analytical skills. The course topics reflect key issues in the world today.

Course content

Physical geography

  • Water and carbon cycles : the dynamic and cyclical relationships associated with water and carbon
  • Hot desert environments and their margins : the characteristics of drylands occurring at all latitudes
  • Coastal systems and landscapes : how the interaction of winds, waves currents and sediments develop the dynamic environments of the coastal zone
  • Hazards : focuses on the lithosphere and the atmosphere which present hazards to human populations
  • Ecosystems under stress : focuses on the nature and functioning of ecosystems and their relationship with human activities
  • Cold environments : the distinctive physical processes and landscapes associated with cold environments and the challenges and opportunities they present for human development

Human geography

  • Global systems and global governance : the process of globalisation and the governance of different parts of the planet including Antarctica.
  • Places : the experience and characteristics of specific places and people’s engagement with them
  • Contemporary urban environments : focuses on how urban areas grow and change and why they present significant environmental and social challenges for human populations
  • Population and the environment : explores the relationship between population, economic development , the role of the natural environment and the population’s health and well-being
  • Resource security : the exploitation and development of unevenly distributed resources of water and energy

Geographical investigation

You are required to undertake an independent fieldwork investigation in relation to processes in both physical and human geography. This will be assessed as a written fieldwork report. Your geographical skills in using statistical tests, maps, and presenting and interpreting data in a variety of graphical forms will also be developed.

Entry requirements

You will require a grade C in Maths and Grade B in English or a humanities subject in addition to the general entry requirements.


For the AS qualification: Two written examinations of 1.5 hours each (one Physical and one Human) 

Some topics will be revisited for the A level qualification

For the A level qualification: Two written examinations of 2.5 hours each (one Physical and one Human) plus an individual fieldwork investigation report of between 3000 and 4000 words

Future opportunities

Higher education to study earth sciences, teaching or surveying. Employment with environmental agencies.

Further information

Please email Mrs A. Carrie at

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September