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Geography AS A2 at The Duston School

Course description

Geography tackles the big issues: - environmental responsibility - our global interdependence - cultural understanding and tolerance - commerce, trade and industry The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Geography explains why, and helps to prepare you for those changes.

Course content

We like to vary the range of things you do in the classroom.  Besides formal teaching and exercises, time is spent investigating geographical issues and problems through discussion of ideas as a class, or in smaller groups.  Presentation of work to other students in the group is another way of learning and developing your wider skills.  You will find that information technology skills such as word processing, internet use and data presentation become an integral part of your work, and we encourage you to make full use of the school` s facilities.  We would expect you to progressively acquire independent study skills as the course goes on. 

Entry requirements

For entry to Geography at `A` Level good GCSE grades in English and Humanities are particularly helpful. 


The assessment of Geography is modular.

In Year 12 (AS) three modules are taken which require data-response questions on:

  • Core concepts in physical geography
  • Core concepts in human geography
  • Geographical skills

In Year 13, the A2 examination comprises of two modules including data response and essay type questions on:

  • Challenge and change in the natural environment
  • Challenge and change in the human environment
  • Individual coursework on a topic of the student`s own choice (there is a fieldwork alternative paper that can be sat from students who find coursework difficult).

Future opportunities

Geography graduates were surveyed after their degree courses about their career destinations. The results show:

  • 40.6% went into management and administration
  • 24.8% did further training, including PGCE for teaching
  • 11.4% joined the financial sector
  • 10.4% joined the retain sector
  • 10% joined other professions, including the media.

(Source AGCAS)

The skills you use in your geographical studies make you of potential interest to a wide range of employers. Statistics show that compared with other subjects, Geographers are among the most employable.

Geographers can:

  • make a concise report
  • handle data
  • ask questions and find answers
  • make decisions about an issue
  • analyse material
  • organise themselves
  • think creatively and independently

Geographers are:

  • good communicators
  • spatially aware
  • socially, economically and environmentally aware
  • problem solvers
  • good team players
  • computer literate
  • well rounded, flexible thinkers

Further information

For further details please contact Mrs S Gibbons. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Duston School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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