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Geography at Brighouse High School

Course description

If you enjoy learning about the world around you then Geography is for you. The main reason for studying Geography must be a genuine interesting in finding out how the world functions. Humans have set up complicated global systems to support development and trade with some dramatic consequences. The physical world is continually changing and provides humans with both threats and opportunities. This course is for anyone interested in learning more about physical and human geography with the opportunity to develop your own enquiry based around extended field research.

Studying Geography will also provide you with the many skills which are highly valued by employers, universities and colleges. You will develop skills in data analysis, data presentation, evaluation, enquiry, research and extended writing plus unique geographical skills such as GIS (Geographical Information Systems). Geography is a really useful qualification for anyone wanting to enter professions such as finance, management, teaching, oceanography, weather forecasting, cartography, data visualisation, GIS specialist, environmental consultancy, Environmental Agency, remote sensing, hydrologist, and town planning.

We have very high expectations of our students, both in terms of the work produced and the effort required. You will be expected to work in your own time to review and consolidate your understanding of the course.

Course content

Year 12/13 Course Content:

Component 1: Physical geography

Section A: Water and carbon cycles

Section B: either hot desert environments and their margins or coastal systems and landscapes

Section C: either hazards or ecosystems under stress or cold environments

• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • 40% of A-level
  • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose


Component 2: Human geography

Section A: Global systems and global governance

Section B: Changing places

Section C: either contemporary urban environments or population and the environment or resource security

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of A-level
  • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose


Component 3: Geographical Investigation

Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content e.g. topics covered in components 1 and 2 outlined above.

  • 3,000–4,000 words
  • 20% of A-level
  • marked by teachers, moderated by AQA

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:  A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades including Mathematics and English language.

 GCSE Geography is desirable/ a B grade is preferable if studied.


Assessment: 2 exams and 1 coursework submission at the end of 2 years of study in May/June 2018

 This is a two year linear course.  The AS is a standalone qualification if taken, and does not count towards the full A2.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brighouse High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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