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Geography A Level at Ursuline College

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Geography A level



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AS and A Level Geography aims to stimulate a passion in learners for the subject and is relevant to any citizen of the planet in the 21st century. Exciting topic changes have taken place in the new courses which subject specialists in the department are keen to engage students with. Fieldwork has become an even more essential component of Geography with a requirement now of 2 days at AS level and at least 4 days at A2 to support fieldwork examination papers. An additional paper is focused around debating globally significant events.

AS Level:

This is divided into 2 sections – Physical and Human Geography:

1. Physical and Human Geography including topic choice areas comprising Coasts, Glaciers or Deserts along with Human topic areas and a geographical skills component which assesses student fieldwork skills.

2. Geographical Debates with options topics such as 'climate change,' 'disease dilemmas,' 'exploring oceans,' 'future of food,' and 'hazardous earth.'

A2 Level:

At this level in addition to the topics covered at AS level areas such as 'Earths Life Support Systems' such as the carbon cycle, water cycle, tropical rainforests, arctic biomes plus global interactions, global governance and conflict will be investigated.

1. Physical Systems

2. Human Interactions

3. Geographical Debates

Entry requirements

Five GCSE 9-4 grades. 

Students are required to have gained grade 5 or above in GCSE Geography. They should also have a genuine interest in the contemporary world, including the physical environment and human behaviour, and will be willing to participate in fieldwork studies and to read widely to supplement core work.

Students without GCSE, but a good background knowledge and enthusiasm will be considered on an individual basis.


AS Level:

1. Physical and Human Geography - 2 hour paper (60% of total AS marks)

2. Geographical Debates - (40% of AS total)

A2 Level:

1. Physical Systems (24% of total A Level)

2. Human Interactions (24% of total A Level)

3. Geographical Debates (32% of total A Level)

The final component of the A level total mark is an Independent Investigation (20% of the total)

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Travel and Tourism or Health and Social Care, to prepare for higher education in areas of geography, humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go on to a job related to geography and work as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. The course also helps you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

Fieldwork is an integral part of Geography so not only are there day trips utilising our local area but also:

• A trip to London to a Hazards conference

• There is also a residential trip in the Spring term of Year 12 to South Devon for 1 week.

• Visits to re-generated areas of London including the Olympic Site and surrounding areas.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years