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Geography A-Level at Chesham Grammar School

Course description

Geography is the exciting study of the natural and human world and how the two interact. A level geography takes a close look at the challenges we face in the 21st Century and how we are planning to meet these challenges. The world we live in is changing. Geography allows you to see why and how it is changing. It will enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy, IT skills, spatial awareness, team working, problem solving and other insights into environmental issues.

Course content

AS level (Year 1) you will study:

Unit 1: Global Challenges - In this unit you will study a range of topics such as Natural Hazards, Climate Change and Globalisation.

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations - This gives you an opportunity to undertake geographical research, including fieldwork which takes place on a residential trip. You will investigate two topics in depth, Crowded Coasts (physical geography) and Rebranding Places (human geography). NB The field trip costs approximately £350

A2 level (Year 2) you will learn how the world is contested and develop practical research skills in your chosen area. You will study two units, Unit 3 and Unit 4:

Unit 3: Contested Planet - In this unit you will consider five key world issues and in the sixth topic discuss possible technological solutions to the problems:

  • Energy Security
  • Water Conflicts
  • Biodiversity Under Threat
  • Superpower Geographies
  • Bridging the Development Gap
  • The Technological Fix?

Unit 4: Geographical Research - This will allow you to develop further the investigative skills gained at AS level and prepare you for the requirements of higher education and employment. You will carry out research into the topic of Cold Environments: Landscapes and Change.

Entry requirements

For Advanced level courses, students will be expected to have successfully completed GCSE level examinations, with an average score of 46 points from their best eight GCSEs.

The average is worked out by converting each grade to a numerical score where:

A* = 58, A = 52, B = 46, C = 40, D = 34, E = 28, F = 22 and G = 16 b.

In an A level subject to be taken there is a requirement of grade B or above at GCSE (Grade A or above in Maths, Music and the Sciences), either in the subject itself or in an appropriate related subject in the case of new courses, as indicated on the subjects’ requirement. At least a C in English Language and Mathematics.

Subject Specific

GCSE Grade B or above

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 April 2015
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