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Geography AS level at Easthampstead Park Community School

Course description

By studying this qualification, you will:

●     Develop knowledge of locations, places, processes and environments, at all geographical scales from local to global across the specification as a whole

●     Develop an in-depth understanding of the selected core and non-core processes in physical and human geography at a range of temporal and spatial scales, and of the concepts which illuminate their significance in a range of locational contexts

●     Recognise and be able to analyse the complexity of people–environment interactions at all geographical scales, and appreciate how these underpin understanding of some of the key issues facing the world today

●     Improve understanding of the ways in which values, attitudes and circumstances have an impact on the relationships between people, place and environment, and develop the knowledge and ability to engage, as citizens, with the questions and issues arising

●     Become confident and competent in selecting, using and evaluating a range of quantitative and qualitative skills and approaches, (including observing, collecting and analysing geo-located data) and applying them

●     Develop as a critical and reflective learner, able to articulate opinions, suggest relevant new ideas and provide evidenced argument in a range of situations.

Course content

The full A level course would include:

Physical geography

●     Water and carbon cycles

●     Hot desert environments and their margins

●     Coastal systems and landscapes

●     Hazards

●     Ecosystems under stress

●     Cold environments

Human geography

●     Global systems and global governance

●     Changing places

●     Contemporary urban environments

●     Population and the environment

●     Resource security

Geography fieldwork investigation and Skills

●      Geography fieldwork investigation - this consists of a compulsory  residential field trip.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C or above in English and Geography.


Unit 1 Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 50% of AS

Unit 2 Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 50% of AS

Future opportunities

This course is recognised by top universities in the country and will enable you to follow a wide variety of career paths including cartographer, surveyor, environmental consultant, geographical information systems officer, teacher, town planner, international aid/development worker, landscape architect, logistics and distribution manager, market researcher, nature conservation officer, tourism officer, transport planner, archaeology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Easthampstead Park Community School directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September