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Geography AS & A Level at Farnborough College of Technology

Course description

Would you like to understand the processes which lie behind big issues such as climate change, wealth inequality and natural disasters? This course will give you a sound understanding of the physical and human processes that shape our planet. The strong emphasis on fi eldwork will bring the subject to life.

Having an A Level in Geography is highly valued by universities, potential employers and it also enhances all the travel experiences you may undertake in the future. The course links very well with a number of other subjects, such as Biology and Business Studies. Geography is classified as a science A Level by Russell group universities and therefore naturally fits with other science subjects. However, since there is human geography featured as well, it can successfully accompany Sociology. The subject matter is stimulating and invites you to ask more questions about the world. Students who have studied this subject have had a range of exciting fieldwork trips to the Hampshire Coast, New Forest, East London and local locations such as Yateley Country Park.

Course content

AS Subject Content

All students must study the core physical and human sections and then one option from each section.

Unit 1

  • Core Physical Rivers, floods and management
  • Options: Cold environments.
  • Coastal environments.
  • Hot desert environments and their margins.
  • Core Human Global population change.
  • Options: Food supply issues.
  • Energy issues.
  • Health issues.

Unit 2
Candidates are required to apply their knowledge and skills to unseen information and resources based on one of the core sections and also use their own fieldwork and investigative research skills.

A2 Subject Content

All students must study at least three of the six sections, a minimum of one from the Physical Options and one must be from the Human Options.

Unit 3

  • The Physical Plate tectonics and associated hazards.
  • Options: Weather and climate with associated hazards.
  • Challenges facing ecosystems.
  • The Human World cities – evolution or revolution?
  • Options: Development and globalization.
  • Contemporary conflicts and challenges.

Unit 4A
The individual investigation of a geographical hypothesis examined by open-ended questions.

Entry requirements

GCSEs grade A*-C including English Language. References will be required.


  • Unit 1 – (GEOG 1) Physical and Human Geography
    Structured short and extended questions
    2 hour paper. This is worth 70% of the total AS marks.


  • Unit 2 – (GEOG 2) Applied Geography
    Structured skills and generic fieldwork questions
    1 hour paper. This is worth 30% of the total AS marks.


  • Unit 3 – (GEOG 3) Contemporary Geographical Issues
    Structured short and extended questions and an essay
    2 ½ hour paper. This is worth 60% of A2 marks.


  • Unit 4A – (GEOG 4A) Geography Fieldwork Investigation
    Structured short and extended questions based on candidates’ own fieldwork investigation.
    1 ½ hour paper. This is worth 40% of A2 marks.

Financial information

AS Textbook: AQA AS Geography; ISBN 978-0-340-94611-4
A2 Textbook: AQA A2 Geography; ISBN 978-0-340-94612-1

Both published by Philip Allan UPDATES

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Farnborough College of Technology directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016

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