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Geography, AQA at Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre

Course description

“Everywhere’s been where it is ever since it was first put there. It’s called geography.” 
Terry Pratchett
We follow the AQA Geography course in which you study two human and two physical geography topics each year. In addition you will study geographical skills such as map work, data presentation and investigation skills. At both AS and A level you will carry out geographical fieldwork which will be assessed through examination. 

Course content

You will have 2 teachers throughout the year and you will learn through a variety of teaching styles:
 Classroom activities such as teacher presentation, discussion, note making, group work, videos, student presentations and through ICT.
 Independent work such as research, case study investigations and wider reading
 A 4 day field trip to Cranedale in North Yorkshire 

Entry requirements

To secure a place at our Post 16 Centre five passes or more GCSE passes at grade C or above and a minimum of a C grade in both English Language and Mathematics.  All students will also need a B Grade GCSE in any subject they are wanting to study at A Level.  If it is a new subject for example Sociology or Psychology students must have achieved a grade B in both Mathematics and English Language. 


AS Topics: 
Unit 1: Rivers, floods and management, Population Change, Coastal Environments and Health Issues 
Unit 2: Geographical Skills 
A2 Topics: 
Unit 3: Plate tectonics and associated hazards, World Cities and Globalisation and Development, 
Unit 4a: Geographical Fieldwork Investigation

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE, which could lead onto higher education to study geography, other areas of humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to geography such as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. 

Further information

To find out more about this course

please contact Mr J Garcia (Subject Learning Leader) email




How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year, A2 2 years
  • Course code: AQA 1031 and 2031