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Geography AS Level at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description


Geography looks at a world in constant change. It engages with the relationship of human populations to each other over space and time and their relationship with their physical environment at a variety of scales from the local to the global.

Course content

CONTENT - Advanced Subsidiary Level

AS Geography is divided equally between physical and human geography. The physical topics include rivers, floods and management considering why, each year, peoples' homes are destroyed by flooding both in the UK and abroad. The option selected is 'Cold Environments' - considering glaciers as well as Antarctica and the Arctic. The use of and conflict in these cold areas is also studied. In Human Geography, the core topic is global population change including the social, economic and political implications of these changes, such as migration, and how they can be managed. The Human option is called 'Global Issues in Healthcare' - diseases of affluence (cardiovascular) and diseases of poverty (malaria) are studied in a socio-geographical context.

Great emphasis will be placed on fieldwork throughout the course. This will include a number of individual fieldtrips in both sides of the subject. Currently these are to Snowdonia, the Alyn Valley, North Wales and Liverpool. An optional biannual fieldtrip is organised to Iceland. .

Entry requirements

AS Level

  • Entry onto AS courses is conditional on you achieving at least five B grades at GCSE Level which must include the subjects you intend to study
  • If you are starting a new subject at AS Level such as Psychology or Film Studies you must achieve a B grade in a related subject at GCSE Level such as Science or English
  • All students must also achieve at least a C grade in Mathematics and English Language



AS level has one paper (35%) based on the main subject material and a shorter Applied Geography paper (15%) based on skills and fieldwork. A2 level also has two papers - the first on geographical issues (30%) while for the second paper (20%) students answer questions about a real aspect of Geography. The module is usually sat early in January

Future opportunities


Geography bridges the gap between Science and Humanities. It can be combined effectively with A levels from the Sciences or the Arts. Students with a Geography A level studied degrees ranging from Medicine, Law, Planning, and Landscape Gardening to Oceanography. A degree qualification in Geography (BSc or BA) can lead to a wide variety of educational and employment opportunities and careers. Environmental issues and conservation, town planning, surveying, the Civil Service, retailing, weather forecasting and management posts in a wide variety of other areas are just some of the opportunities followed by previous Geographers.

Further information


A GCSE grade B or above in Geography usually places students in a position to undertake the rigours of this subject although it is possible for someone who has not studied GCSE Geography to undertake the course provided they can show evidence of a similar standard being reached in other subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 school year