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Geography AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

A-Level Geography will help you to understand the big issues facing the world today from natural hazards to population growth and from climate change to urban sprawl. This coure will equip you with the skills you need to go into the world a better informed person with more to offer and with a deeper understanding of complex issues. The content and structure of the course is an excellent introduction to the type of work you will be expected to do at University and you will complete a significant piece of independent study that you will design and investigate with our support. The course is fast paced, exciting and based on real world events.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: Water and Carbon Cycles

Why does the planet support life as we know it? This topic will give you an understanding of two processes that underpin life on Earth.

Assessment Information

Exam at the end of the course and independent study worth 20%.

Unit 2: Changing Places Unit Information: How do we study a place and how to places compare?

In this topic you will compare two contrasting places to see what we can learn about a place. Assessment Information Exam at the end of the course. Unit 3: Population and the Environment How and why do people migrate and what impact does that have? In this topic you will learn the about the complex relationship between people in the places they live in and how one can affect the other.

Assessment Information

Exam at the end of the course.

Year 2

Unit 4: Hazards How does the physical world present hazards?

In this topic you will study both seismic and weather hazards and learn how people can respond to these threats.

Assessment Information

Exam at the end of the course.

Unit 5: Hot Desert Environments

How do people manage to live in inhospitable environments? In this topic you will find out how people and cultures manage to adapt to desert living and how eco-systems adapt to these unique conditions.

Assessment Information

Exam at the end of the course.

Unit 6: Global Systems and Global Governance

How are we affected by increased globalisation? In this topic you will discover how places are interconnected and what this means for our way of life. You will investigate some of the problems and issues associated with global trade.

Assessment Information

Exam at the end of the course.

Entry requirements

A* - C in GCSE Geography or Enviromental Science


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Future opportunities

Geography prepares you for a range of exciting opportunities including; conservation work around the world, city planning, environmental studies, working with international aid organisations, geology and many more. Geography opens up the world.

Further information

Geography combines well with a range of subjects as it helps to bridge the sciences and the arts. It works especially well with Biology, Maths and Politics.

Student Views

“Geography has taught me to look at the world in a whole new light. I enjoy the fact that every lesson is so relevant to things happening in the real world.”

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year AS Level / 2 years A2 Level
  • Course code: AQA 7037
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
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