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Geography AS/A Level at Wymondham College

Course description

As issues such as climate change, migration, social diversity and environmental quality come to the forefront of international business, politics and science, Geography is one of the most relevant courses you can study.

The interactions between the human and physical components of the world are extremely dynamic in both time and space, much of the A-Level will be building on current events, understanding and awareness of the world around us.

Widely accepted as both a science and humanity, students gaining an A-Level in Geography have an extremely marketable range of skills and understanding.

In this course there is a strong emphasis on geographical skills enabling candidates to put theoretical Geography into a practical and relevant setting.

Course content

AS Level

UNIT 1: PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Two options from the list below are studied:

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Hot desert environments and their margins
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards
  • Contemporary urban environments

UNIT 2: HUMAN GEOGRAPHY AND GEOGRAPHY FIELDWORK INVESTIGATION

Two options from the list below are studied:

  • Global systems
  • Global governance
  • Changing places
  • Geography fieldwork investigation and geographical skills

A Level

UNIT 3: PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

Three options from the list below are studied:

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Hot desert environments and their margins
  • Coastal systems and their landscapes
  • Hazards
  • Ecosystems under stress
  • Cold environments

UNIT 4: HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Three options from the list below are studied:

  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Contemporary urban environments
  • Population and the environment
  • Resource security

UNIT 5: GEOGRAPHICAL INVESTIGATION

Students complete a 4000 word individual investigation including data collected in the field. The work is not prescribed by the department but will be based on a question or issue relating to part of the specification studied.

Entry requirements

GCSE Geography - minimum Grade B. An interest and understanding of current affairs is useful as well as a desire to engage in discussion and debate.

Assessment

AS Level: 2 Exams.

A- Level: 2 Exams/ 4000 word individual investigation

Future opportunities

As Geography can be considered as both a science and a humanity studying geography not only gives you a good understanding of the world and current events but is highly valued by universities and leaves open many subject pathways for future study.

Geography provides good preparation for a very wide range of related jobs such as planning, economic development, disaster management, geology, countryside management, oceanography and many more

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wymondham College directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2016

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