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Geography A Level (AS/A2) at The Bicester School

Course description


Unit 1 Physical and Human Geography:

Core Sections: Rivers, floods and management (Physical) and Population Change (Human)

Physical Optional topics: 

  • Coastal Environments
  • Cold Environments (i.e. Glaciation)

Human Optional topics: 

  • Health Issues
  • Food supply issues


Unit 2: Geographical Skills

A geographical skills paper based on the content of Unit 1.

Skills include:

  • Investigative
  • Cartographic
  • Graphical
  • ICT
  • Statistical skills

In order to complete the Skills paper students are expected to attend a residential fieldtrip.


Unit 3 Contemporary Geographic Issues:

An issues-based approach to contemporary geographical themes. Candidates must select three topics: at least one from the physical options and at least one from the human options.

Optional physical topics:

  • Plate tectonics and associated hazards
  • Weather and climate and associated hazards
  • Ecosystems: change and challenge

Optional Human topics:

  • World cities
  • Development and globalisation
  • Contemporary conflicts and challenges

Unit 4 (Option B):

This unit gives candidates the opportunity to use their skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

An advance information booklet is pre-released prior to the exam to facilitate candidates’ research into an area which extends from the specification content.

Entry requirements

A*‐C at GCSE including English and Maths is required for this course but it is recommended to have a grade B in GCSE English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bicester School directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015
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Key information

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