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Geography AS & A Level at St Anne's Catholic School

Course description

Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps people to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world.

Course content

It explains how landscapes are formed and how people and their environment interact. Enquiry lies at the heart of geographical studies and this encourages critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives both now and in the future. Fieldwork is a key element to this. Geographers learn to think spatially using maps, visual images and GIS systems. The study of geography also helps develop confi dence in preparing and delivering presentations. This course includes fi eldwork to local places such as a rivers day in The New Forest and in Southampton.

Entry requirements

Grade B and above in Geography GCSE required.


Assessment takes the form of fi nal examinations.

AS level - two papers:

  • Physical and human geography – rivers, coasts, population and energy (2 hour exam, 75% of AS level, 35% of A level)
  • Geographical skills – based on either rivers or population – interpreting a range of stimulus material and answering questions about fi eldwork.(1 hour exam, 30% of AS level, 15% of A level).

A2 level - two papers:

  • Contemporary geographical issues regarding plate tectonics and natural hazards, ecosystems and world cities. ( 2 hour 30 minutes exam, 30% of A level)
  • Geographical issue evaluation based on pre-released stimulus material. (1 hour 30 minutes exam, 20% of A level)

Future opportunities

The broad scope of geography allows it to complement a range of other subjects including RE, business studies and history. However, its links with science subjects, especially biology seem to be most common. In recent years, a number of A level geography students have gone on to study medicine, pharmacy or veterinary science at university. The analytical nature of geography also makes it a sought after subject for careers in accountancy, law, business management and fi nance. Teaching, careers in waste and water management or land use planning are other common career choices for geographers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Anne's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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