A Level Geography at St Mary's RC High School
What Specification is studied? Our students follow the WJEC specification. A level Geography builds on
your GCSE experience in that it encourages the enquiry approach that you have been familiar with, and
it encourages critical thinking of a range of issues. An exciting element of A level Geography is that it
focuses on understanding the relationships between people and their varied environments, and the
questions, issues and problems which arise from these relationships.17
AS and A Level Geography is a challenge to all students, an opportunity to develop skills for life in a
constantly changing world. It is exciting, demanding, relevant and worthwhile. It encourages student to
wonder at, enjoy, question, critically understand and fully participate in the changing world in which we
Knowledge, skills and understanding are closely linked, but the course covers a wide range of knowledge
which provides a useful background to life in today’s world. Generally speaking, the course can be
divided into Natural and Human Environment topics, with the emphasis on issues affecting the world at
a range of scales; for example:
AS Level Modules:
Changing Physical Environments. This includes investigation of climate change and hazards
(tectonic & flooding).
Changing Human Environments. This includes investigation of settlement change in
economically developed countries and population change.
A2 Level Modules:
Contemporary Themes & Research in Geography. This includes investigation of themes
such as coastal management and world development, alongside an individual research
enquiry. This enquiry is based upon themes such as the geography of crime, deprivation,
pollution, retailing, disease and further optional topics.
Sustainability: Here we study issues which are critical to the future of our planet; for
example, sustainable food supply, energy, cities and water supply.
Modern Geography is far from a study of world problems, it is the opportunity to understand how
natural and human processes affect our world, understand the impact of them on the environment and
then make informed decisions about how best to manage the future of Planet Earth.
GCSE Geography grade B or above. Students studying AS/A level
Geography need to be aware that at least one residential fieldwork course, as well as local fieldwork,
may need to be undertaken to satisfy the requirements of this course.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's RC High School directly.