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Geography A-Level at Sir William Ramsay School

Course description

Students explore a broad range of contemporary human and physical themes including river and coastal environments, managing urban change, earth and climatic hazards. A key area for study is the interaction between people and the environment and the issue of sustainability. Students will deepen their subject knowledge through the study of specific case studies and will develop their skills of enquiry through a range of fieldwork activities.

Course content

The full A Level Geography course comprises two AS units which are examined in Year 12 and two A2 units which are examined in Year 13.

AS Unit 1: Managing Physical Environments

River environments; Coastal environments; Cold environments; Hot arid and semi-arid environments

AS Unit 2: Managing Human Environments

Managing urban change; Managing rural change; The energy issue; The growth of tourism.

A2 Unit 1: Global Issues Environmental Issues

Earth hazards; Ecosystems and environments under threat; Climatic hazards. Economic Issues: Population and resources; Globalisation; Development and inequality. 

A2 Unit 2: Geographical Skills

This unit consists of practical fieldwork assignments leading to a geographical skills exam.

Entry requirements

Students who join the AS Level Geography group will need at least 5 GCSEs grade C or above and preferably a B grade in Geography. They should enjoy reading and researching and have good written skills. An interest in current affairs and the natural environment is essential.

Future opportunities

A Level Geography bridges the natural and social sciences and involves the study of a wide range of themes and issues. Students develop a clear understanding of people and environments and learn to interpret facts and figures, gather data during fieldtrips and discuss topical issues of the day.

Many employers and admissions tutors for higher education value the skills which ‘A’ level geographers acquire and students are usually able to choose from a wide range of jobs or college and university courses. ‘A’ level geography is widely accepted as an academic subject in its own right or as a supporting subject for Arts or Science courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Ramsay School directly.

Last updated date: 23 April 2015
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