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Geography A Level at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Course description

Key features of AS and A Level Geography

•       Exciting content studied through a choice of topics giving rich learning opportunities

•       Choice of geographical debates to study giving learners a deep understanding of the contemporary challenges of the 21st century

•       Opportunities for learners to gain vital geographical, fieldwork and life skills

•       An independent investigation giving learners resilience in self-sufficient study

The new specification will include studies of Geography at local, national and global scales that will enable you to engage critically with real world issues and to make sense of the world around you. It will challenge your perceptions and stimulate your investigative and analytical skills.

Course content

Topics at AS and A level will be selected from:

Physical Geography

•       Water and carbon cycles as natural systems, river catchment studies, hydrology, climate change, and environmental change and human activity

•       Hot desert environments, arid landscape development and desertification

•       Coastal systems, landscapes, and management

•       Volcanic, seismic and storm hazards

•       Ecosystems and sustainability

•       Glacial landscapes and human development of cold environments

Human Geography

•       Globalisation, the economic, political, social and technological changes which have been a key feature of global economy and society in recent decades

•       International trade and access to markets

•       The dynamics of changing places - the character of places and the communities that occupy them.

•       The emergence of world cities and their role in global and regional economies

•       Issues associated with economic inequality and cultural diversity in contrasting urban areas.

•       Strategies to manage these issues

•       Population change - natural change such as birth rates, death rates and population structure.

•       Perspectives on the social, economic, environmental and political implications of migration.

•       Resource development - water security and energy security


Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE Geography (full or short course) and grade C in English Language.


AS Level

Component 1: Physical Geography and People and the Environment (Written Exam; 1 hour 30 mins; 50% of AS Level)

Component 2: Human Geography and Geography Fieldwork Investigation (Written Exam; 1 hour 30 mins; 50% of AS Level)


A Level

Component 1: Physical Geography (Written Exam; 2 hours 30 mins; 40% of A Level)

Component 2: Human Geography (Written Exam; 2 hours 30 mins; 40% of A Level)

Component 3: Geography Investigation (3,000-4,000 words; 20% of A Level)


Further information

In the Geography department we aim to:

•       Inspire a love of geography for lifelong learning by drawing on issues that are contemporary and relevant to a student’s own experiences.

•       Focus on fieldwork – the AS and A Level Geography specifications have been designed to strengthen geographical and fieldwork skills gained at GCSE and delve more deeply into content.

•       Give a more personalised choice – the fieldwork assessment at A level is a great opportunity for students to investigate an area of Geography that interests them.

Geography is a qualification that is highly regarded by employers, particularly due to its focus on analysis of data, literacy skills and evaluation. It is particularly useful for careers in Business Management, Surveying, Geology, Environment Management, Law, Medicine, the Civil Service and Tourism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clitheroe Royal Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years