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Geography AS/A2 at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

A level Geography teaches you about the earth’s places, peoples, environments and societies.  It helps you to understand the relationships between people and the environment.  It is unique in bridging the social sciences (History, Sociology, Economics, English) and the earth sciences (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics).  Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the essential context of places and regions.

Course content

All units are examination based. There is no coursework:

AS Unit 1: Global Challenges

This unit looks at the meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges. It examines how we can influence global challenges through our own lives.

AS Unit 2: Geographical Investigations

This unit considers how physical and human issues influence lives and can be managed.

A2 Unit 3 : Contested Planet

This unit considers the use and management of resources in today’s world. Consumption patterns highlight stark inequalities between regions, countries and groups of people. Many resources are finite, and rising consumption means that difficult decisions over the use of resources will have to be taken more frequently.

A2 Unit 4: Geographical Research

In this unit the main emphasis is placed on students to research Tectonic Activity and Hazards, examining the causes and consequences of earthquakes and volcanoes. Although most study for this unit is self-directed there is an initial teacher lead programme introducing new concepts and ideas such as the importance of igneous landscapes.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirement for sixth form is 5 A*-C GCSEs, including English and usually Maths.  Further information is available in our school prospectus.  This is available on our website:


AS/A2 Geography is assessed by examination only. The four unit examinations are taken in June of Year 12 for AS level and Year 13 for A2 level.

Future opportunities

The AS/A2 in Geography attracts all sorts of students. Ambitious students, keen to go to university, can use it as an effective means to gain an excellent grade. The knowledge gained from studying contemporary issues, both globally and locally can also make a worthwhile addition to personal statements.

Alternatively, students keen to get straight into the world of work, can use the time management, research and analysis skills which they will learn to increase their employability.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years