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Geography - AS/A2 at St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College

Course description

Edexcel GCE Geography

Through this course students should develop as global citizens who recognise the challenges of sustainability and the implications for their own and others’ lives, improve as critical and reflective learners aware of the importance of attitudes and values, including their own, become adept in the use and application of skills and new technologies through their geographical studies both in and outside the classroom. Most importantly be inspired by the world around them, and gain enjoyment and satisfaction from their geographical studies and understand their relevance.

Course content

The Geography course will help you to make sense of the issues facing our planet and its communities in the 21st century.

In Year 12, you will study

Unit 1 Global Challenge. A unit which brings to life the contemporary issueswhich challenge our communities and nations. The World at Riskinvestigates a range of natural hazardswhich impact significantly on areas of our planet. Not forgetting the challenge of climate change and globalwarming. Going Globalwill focus on the economic issues impacting on people across the globe and theimplications of international population change and migration.

Unit 2 Geographical Investigations. Fieldwork, research and practical work will be used to explorehow we best manage the challenges of the natural world and human landscape.

In Year 13

Unit 3 Contested Planet  investigates the use and management of resources. Inequalities inconsumption between regions pose very difficult environmental, political and technical questions.

Unit 4 Geographical Research: this will allow students to select from the 6 options identified below. Thiswill encourage the development of independent learning and research abilities.

A variety of approaches to studying in this subject will be employed. Resources common to most lessons will include; text books, newspapers, audio visual, maps, field equipment and different types of software. We will run a one week fieldwork course to support your understanding of these techniques. During the course you will learn data handling and analytical skills, develop inter-personal abilities by taking part in class discussions, group activities and team work. Use ICT to manipulate data and to support independent research. There will be an emphasis on problem solving and decision making.

Entry requirements

It is preferable but not a requirement that you should have studied Geography at GCSE or equivalent level. A grade C in English, Maths and Science would be supportive. However it is important that you have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in the human and natural environment, current issues and a willingness to take part and explore new ideas.


Unit 1: Global Challenges

1. World at Risk

2. Going Global

1 hour examination paper - June of each year.

Section A. Objective items, data response and short answer questions. Section B. Longer guided essay question.

A/S% 60% % of Total A Level Marks30%

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations

1. Crowded Coasts

2. Unequal Spaces

1 hour examination paper - January or June

Section A and B. Longer response in 3 parts, combining data response, investigative, evaluative and application of fieldwork skills.

A/S% 40% % of Total A Level Marks 20%

Unit 3: Contested Planet

1. Energy Security

2. Water Conflicts

3. Biodiversity Under Threat

4. Super Power Geographies

5. Bridging the Development Gap

6. The Technological Fix

2 hour examination paper - June of each year.

Section A. Two short essay questions from 5. Section B. One question with 3 parts.

% of Total A Level Marks 30%

Unit 4: Geographical Research

1. Option choices from

2. Tectonic Activity and Hazards

3. Cold Environments

4. The Food Supply Problem

5. The World of Cultural Diversity

6. Pollution and Human Health Risk

7. Leisure and Tourism

1 hour examination paper - January or June

One essay question.

% of Total A Level Marks 20%

Financial information

There are costs involved with the fieldwork elements of the course - travel and accomodation for example.  Please contact the course tutors for more details.  Books and materials are supplied.

Future opportunities

Geography is a subject which forms a link between the Arts and Sciences and combines well with other AS/A level subjects. If you are planning to go into further education, it supports science based subjects such as Environmental Science, Oceanography and Humanities subjects such as Law, Media, Politics and Cultural Studies.

Studying geography develops many marketable skills and opens up pathways to a range of careers such as leisure and recreation, civil engineering, environmental health, planning, surveying, landscape architecture, publishing, marketing, teaching, the armed services, outdoor education, cartographer, ICT.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 11 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year each for both AS and A2
  • Course code: 8GE01/9GE01