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Advanced GCE in Geography at Ash Green School

Course description

This is a varied and contemporary course, which includes fieldwork and with a broad foundation of physical and human processes in the AS year. Topics studied include the core units of Rivers, floods and management, and Population change, along with optional units that include: Cold environments, Food supply issues, Coastal environments, Energy issues, Hot desert environments and their margins, and Health issues. Fieldwork forms an important part of the AS course with opportunities for local and residential visits during the year.

Entry requirements

Students must have attained the minimum of 5 A*- C qualifications at GCSE or equivalent (e.g. BTEC), with at least a B grade in each subject to be studied at level three.
In exceptional cases a C grade minimum can apply to students for both GCE A Level and BTEC Level Three courses where mitigating circumstance applies and there is clear evidence of a good basis for level three study to be undertaken.
Students must have at least a grade C in both English and Mathematics. In exceptional cases a D grade minimum can apply where mitigating circumstance applies and there is clear evidence of a good basis for level three studies. Students who have a GCSE in Mathematics and English at grade D will be required to follow a course leading to a level 2, C grade qualification.

Assessment

How will I be assessed?

  • Weighting Nature of Assessment AS Units Physical and Human Geography - 35% - Examination
  • Geographical Skills - 15% - Examination A2 Units
  • Contemporary Geographical Issues - 30% - Examination
  • Geography Issue Evaluation - 20% - Structured short and extended questions based on Advanced Information Booklet

Future opportunities

Geography is a broad and relevant subject that allows you to pursue traditional careers such as geology, coastal management, meteorology, surveying, cartography, teaching, rural or urban planning and hydrology. However, increasingly the relevance of the issues and the emphasis on decision making skills, globalisation and advanced technologies mean that business management, marketing, advertising and politics are now popular career choices. For the last few years Geography degree graduates have proved to be the most employable owing to their varied skills.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

Geography is a subject which offers a diversity of skills that students will require at university level. It is considered both a science and an arts subject. There is a range of opportunities for students throughout the two years, including a variety of investigations and field trips. Students study data presentation; graphical, cartographical and statistical analysis; data interpretation and evaluation.

What goes well with Geography?

Geography is a good, broad ranging academic subject that fits easily alongside a Science or Social Science based subject or a Humanities based subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ash Green School directly.

Last updated date: 10 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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