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Geography A Level at Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Course description

Geography studies the distribution of things at or near the Earth’s surface. Geographers seek to describe and explain these patterns and consider the issues that arise as these distributions change over time. Geography is concerned with both people (human geography) and the natural environment (physical geography). As such, geography draws upon virtually all other subject areas to provide a more complete understanding of the world that we experience each day, and of the issues that fill our newspapers every morning. Consequently geography combines equally well with science subjects (many universities view geography as a science) or humanities (economics, history, English etc.).

Geography is a respected academic subject that the Russell Group of universities recommend applicants study as a key ‘facilitating subject’. Many people change career direction, often several times. The flexibility of geography means that it can prove a valuable supporting qualification whichever career direction is ultimately pursued.

The A-level geography course adopts a systematic approach to provide a genuine understanding of such topical issues as flooding & water scarcity, global warming and ice ages, world population growth and Britain’s ‘pensions time bomb’, poverty in the developing world and globalisation, the rise in food prices and sustainable development.


The AS course is divided into two modules. To prepare for the second module the AS course includes a five-day residential fieldtrips. 

Module 1:  Physical & Human Geography – rivers & flood management, glaciation & sustainability in the Polar Regions; population growth & changing population structures, sustainability & food supply issues.

Module 2:  Geographical Skills (1) – structured questions about the principles & practicalities of carrying out fieldwork.


The A2 course is also divided into two modules:

Module 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues – climate & climate change; world cities & sustainability in urban areas; development & globalisation.

Module 4: Synoptic Pre-release Paper – involves analysing a range of pre-released information in different formats (photographs, text, graphs etc.) relating to a contemporary geographical issue and then answering questions based on these data in the examination.   

Entry requirements

Grade A in GCSE Geography. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Borlase's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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Key information

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