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Geography AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's School

Course description

Geography is a wide-ranging and engaging subject. It includes coverage of issues like hazard management, coasts, globalisation, development, sustainability, and resources depletion.  Students are expected to use Geographical Information Systems to enhance their understanding and knowledge. Geography is a ‘top ten’ subject - this means that it is high on the list of preferred subjects for admission to university. 

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 - Global Challenges
How we can influence global challenges through our own lives.

There are two compulsory topics:

  • Topic 1: World at Risk
  • Topic 2: Going Global

Unit 2 - Geographical Investigations
A closer look at how physical and human issues influence lives and can be managed.

We teach two topics covering both physical and human geography.

  • Crowded Coasts. looking at how increased development is testing our ability to manage these valued environments.
  • Rebranding Places. this focuses on how we need to re-image and regenerate rural and urban places, using appropriate strategies.

A Level

Unit 3 - Contested Planet
Consumption patterns highlight stark inequalities between regions, countries and groups of people. Resources are finite, and rising consumption means that difficult decisions over the use of resources will have to be taken more frequently.

There are six compulsory topics:

  • Energy security
  • Water conflict
  • Biodiversity under threat
  • Superpower geography
  • The development gap
  • Technological fixes

Unit 4 - Geographical Research 
Students must select and study one of the following research options: 

  • Tectonic activity
  • Cold environments
  • Life on the margins
  • Cultural diversity
  • Pollution and human health
  • The rural landscape
  • Leisure and tourism

Entry requirements

At least 5 A*-C with at least a grade B in Geography


  • Unit 1 exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 60% of AS marks
  • Unit 2 exam: 1 hour 15 minutes, 40% of AS marks
  • Unit 3 exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 60% of A2 marks
  • Unit 4 exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 40% of A2 marks

Future opportunities

Geography A Level develops a wide range of knowledge, skills and applications of fieldwork techniques. Students go on to study a wide range of both arts and science based courses.

A geography qualification allows you to gain access to a wide range of careers such as Meteorologist, Hydrological engineering, Aid worker and Landscape Architect as well as many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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