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Geography AS level at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School

Course description

The AS consists of 2 units of assessment and may be awarded as a discrete qualification or as the first half of a full A Level.

Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography

Written Examination with structured short and extended questions: 2 hours. (70% of total AS marks)

Core Physical Section: 

  • Rivers, floods and management.

Optional Physical Topics:

  • 1 of Cold Environments
  • Coastal Environments
  • Hot Desert Environments

Core Human Section:

  • Population Change

Optional Human Topics:

  • 1 of Food Supply Issues
  • Energy Issues
  • Health Issues

Unit 2: Geographical Skills

Written Examination with structured skills and and fieldwork questions: 1 hour. (30% of total AS marks)

A range of skills - investigative, cartogrqaphic, graphical, ICT, and statistical will be covered through Unit 1 and via fieldwork.

These will be assessed with reference to unseen resources and personal fieldwork. 

Entry requirements

You will need a GCSE grade 'C' or above. Candidates who have not studied Geography at GCSE will also be considered.

Students should also be well motivated and have a genuine interest in the subject.

Financial information

There may be a cost involved in fieldwork.

Future opportunities

Geography is a subject with one of the highest rates of graduate employment, highly valued by employers for its combination of knowledge with competence in the key skills.

Geographers find work in travel and tourism, teaching, landscape, business planning and research and a variety of environmental roles.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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