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Geography AS/A2 Level at Aylesbury High School

Course description


You will investigate the forces influencing our natural environment; the issues affecting people and the places where we live; how people affect the environment; the forces that drive the world economy; decisions that are being made about the use and management of resources; appreciate current events and world problems.


If you have an interest in and concern for the environment, are interested in current affairs, enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to your life and experience, want to carry out practical work as well as classwork, enjoy finding out your own answers, want to broaden your studies to cover both "sciences" and "humanities", and want to keep your options open - then Geography is for you. We also go on a residential trip to North Devon to support Unit 2 at AS Level which will cost in the region of £250.


Course content


AS Level:

Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography

Topic List

• Rivers, floods and management

• Hot desert environments and their margins

• Global population change

• Health issues.

Unit 2: Applied Geography

Topic List

• Basic, investigative, ICT, graphical, cartographical and statistical skills

• Research skills and the assessment of AS fieldwork.



Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues

Topic List

• Plate tectonics and associated hazards

• Weather and climate and associated hazards

• World cities - evolution or revolution?

• Development and globalisation.

Unit 4: Geography Fieldwork Investigation

This is based on pre-released material which includes elements of enquiry skills.

Entry requirements


You should have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in the environment and current affairs, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively. GCSE Geography provides a valuable foundation for AS and A Level Geography but it is not a requirement.



The two AS units are taken after three terms and the remaining two units for the full A Level course are taken after six terms.

Future opportunities


Geography supports applications for almost any science-based university course like engineering, medicine, psychology and environmental studies and an equally wide range of humanities courses such as business, law, politics and philosophy. Geography develops the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a very wide range of employment opportunities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

Key information

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