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A Level Geography at The Boswells School

Course description

S Course Outline

At AS, all candidates will study core human and physical Geography. In each area of study candidates will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers, consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support their learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies. Candidates will also develop a variety of Geographical skills, which will broaden and deepen existing knowledge and be employed with a greater degree of independence.

Unit 1 (Physical and Human Geography)

The study of core Geographical concepts along with contrasting themes of contemporary or environmental impact, management and sustainability. Candidates must study the core and then select one physical and one human option. The topics we study are:

    • Rivers, Floods and Management
    • Coastal Environments
  • Population Change
  • Health Issues

Unit 2 (Geographical Skills)

A Geographical skills paper based on the content of Unit 1 and your fieldtrip. Skills to be learnt include:

  • Investigative
  • Cartographic
  • Graphical
  • ICT
  • Statistical


  • A2 Course Outline

    At A2, candidates will continue to study a combination of human and physical Geography. Through this a range of case studies will be examined to help bring out and explain key Geographical ideas and concepts. Candidates will also be expected to be able to formulate short structured answers as well as essay style answers, which make use of data provided and also bring in their own Geographical knowledge.

    Unit 3 (Contemporary Geographical Issues)

    As issue based approach to contemporary Geographical themes. The topics that you will study are;

    • World Cities
    • Ecosystems: Change and Challenge
    • Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards
    • Further details about issues dealt with in each topic can be found overleaf.

    Unit 4B (Geographical Issue Evaluation)

    This unit gives candidates the opportunity to use their skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. An advanced information booklet is pre-released a couple of months prior to the exam to allow students to research into an area which extends from the specification content. This is done in conjunction with your teacher.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Boswells School directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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