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AS/A2 Geography at Bridgewater High School

Course description

What will I study?

At AS you will examine core geographical concepts along with looking at environmental impact, management and sustainability. You will also study one physical option and one human option.

The physical topics are rivers, floods and management and glacial environments. In the human section you will look at population change and energy issues. In Unit 2 instead of completing a piece of coursework you study the investigation process and the range of skills required to complete successful analysis and conclusions. You will complete field visits to gather primary data as part of the skills development. This is examined in a geographical skills paper. Skills include: investigative, cartographic, graphical, ICT and statistical skills.

At A2 there is an issues-based approach to contemporary geographical themes, where you study four topics. These are plate tectonics, weather and climate & associated hazards. The human topics are world cities and contemporary conflicts and challenges. Unit 4 gives you the opportunity to use your skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. An advance information booklet is pre-released 2 months prior to the exam to facilitate your research into an area which extends from the specification.

AS Year: Units 1 & 2

A2 Year: Units 3 & 4

Course outline:

  • Unit 1: Physical and human geography
  • Unit 2: Geography skills
  • Unit 3: Contemporary geographical issues
  • Unit 4: Geographical issue evaluation

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: A written exam, 80 minutes

Unit 2: A written exam, 80 minutes

Unit 3: 2 hour examination

Unit 4: Assessed internally. You have to complete two coursework questions comprising of no more than 4,000 words.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A* - C including at least a grade B in Geography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgewater High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years