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Geography AS/A2 Level at Saint Cecilia's Church of England School

Course description

The world we live in is changing. Geography allows you to see why and how it is changing. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team working, problem solving and environmental awareness.


Course content

At AS level you will study global themes, including globalisation and climate change. You will discover how your own actions can relate to the wider world, be it your local area or a country far away. You will study two units:

  • Unit 1: Global Challenges ― In this unit you will study a range of topics such as Global Hazards, Climate Change and Future Global Challenges.
  • Unit 2: Geographical Investigations ― This gives you an opportunity to undertake geographical research, including fieldwork. You will investigate two topics in depth, Extreme Weather (physical geography) and Rebranding Places (human geography).

At A2 level you will learn how the world is contested and develop practical research skills in your chosen area. You will study two units:

  • Unit 3: Contested Planet
  • Unit 4: Geographical Research





Entry requirements

Students are required to have achieved a grade ‘B’ or above at GCSE Geography in order to be accepted on the course. This should include at least two ‘B’ grades in the examined modules (1 - 3). Students will also need a ‘C’ grade or above in GCSE English.

The Advanced GCE in Geography will appeal to you if:

· you are curious about the world’s places, peoples and environments

· you like asking questions and finding answers

· you are interested in local, regional and global issues

· you have the ability to think independently

· you wish to explore human, physical and environmental geographical  relationships.




AS (Year 1):

Unit 1: Global Challenges

1 ½ hour exam  (30% of A Level)

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations

1 ¼ hour exam  (20% of A Level)


A2 ( Year 2):

Unit 3: Contested Planet

2 ½ hour exam  (30% of A Level)

Unit 4: Geographical Research

1 ½ hour exam  (20% of A Level)


In Year 1, Unit 2: Geographical Investigations offers the opportunity to undertake fieldwork when investigating the topics chosen. You will attend a week long residential fieldtrip to the Lake District.

In Year 2, Unit 4: Geographical Research also offers opportunities for fieldwork; you won’t be asked directly about fieldwork in your exam but it may help you when discussing your research.


















Future opportunities

An A Level in Geography opens doors!  You will find that studying geography is a brilliant step towards a wider range of HE courses and/or employment opportunities.

  • Further education — geographers can go on to study higher level courses, including Foundation degrees, undergraduate degrees and/or BTEC Higher Nationals.
  • Employment — geographers can go into a wide range of jobs, including: Advertising, Education, Social/health services, Environmental Management, Marketing, Civil Service, Finance, Management, Energy, Law, Town Planning and Agencies such as UN Further Education


Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please contact us on 0208 7801244 or

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Cecilia's Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2016
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      Saint Cecilia’s is a co-educational comprehensive school for pupils aged 11-18 years in the Diocese of Southwark and the London Borough of Wandsworth. The school is highly successful and well-respected with a proven record of high academic standards taught in a caring, supportive and distinctly Christian environment.

      The school respects the unique contribution which every individual can make to the community and seeks to place this contribution within a clear structure which both embraces the highest possible academic aspirations and accepts individual differences in ability, aptitude and level of skills. Saint Cecilia’s is primarily a learning community and its culture of teaching and learning unlocks pupils’ potential for self-fulfillment and prepares them to take their place within adult life as well-rounded responsible and caring people.

      At the heart of the school is its Christian foundation, where Jesus Christ is reflected in every aspect of school life. This is true in the relationships we build, the choices we make, the attitudes we adopt and the goals for which we strive, and as a Christian school we are proud to declare that we exist to “Glorify God Through Outstanding, Enjoyable Education”.

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      Indeed, we want all pupils to look back on their time at this school as the happiest time of their lives; this is what we strive for day in and day out. Our success is also built on the excellent partnerships developed with parents and carers, through which we can promote the kind of education that enables our pupils to prosper and receive the very best educational opportunities.

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      However, life in the Sixth Form at Saint Cecilia's offers much more than that. It is our desire for students to achieve their academic potential, but equally we want students to leave here having successfully managed the transition from child to adult, and to have developed the skills, abilities, confidence and character to lead fulfilled and happy adult lives and make a valuable contribution to the society in which they live.