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Geography A Level at Alderman White School and Language College

Course description

The course is aimed at students who have achieved a C or above at GCSE. The topics you will study are divided into physical and human and will be taught by two different specialist teachers and you will cover two units each year.

Course content

At AS you cover topics called ‘World at risk’ and ‘Going Global’, looking at issues such as the different effects of natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes on more and less economically developed countries, or finding out why the gap between the rich and poor is so wide.

AS Level also covers fieldwork, developing your skills on a six day trip to Portugal, looking at settlement, tourism, coastal management and sand dune development. At A2 you will be studying topics under the title of ‘The Contested Planet’. At this point the focus changes to preparing you for university, with a research topic, based on a choice from a set of report titles which you spend time research and then write up in an exam. Also, you will do a DME-style exam and a development of your extended writing style.


The course is 100% exam based, with two exams at AS and three exams at A2. The exams follow different styles, short answer, essay questions, DME style and report writing. As well as drawing on your knowledge of the subject, you are awarded marks Assessment for developing opinions and explaining them.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study Geography at university, where you can focus on physical or human Geography to get a BSc or BA. Jobs from Geography are wide ranging – not just teaching or weather reporting but also management positions, Environment Agency work, journalism, working for the local authority, estate management, conservations work, working for development agencies and charities, tourism and travel and much, much more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alderman White School and Language College directly.

Last updated date: 08 July 2015

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      We believe that the success of the College rests upon three things: the progress our students make in terms of each individual reaching their potential, how many students complete their courses, and also our success in ensuring all students achieve their favoured destination whether this is higher education, training schemes or embarking on their future career. We are proud of our most recent successes, including students who have gone on to study subjects such as Medicine, Law and Teaching at a variety of The Russell Group of Universities.

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      Of course time in the Sixth Form is also about personal development. Our students play an active part in leadership programmes and organising activities for younger students; for example the College students act as House Captains for the Federation House system.