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Geography A-Level at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

If you are interested in the environment and how it can affect us then this course will be of great interest to you, with a wide range of topics investigating the impact of the physical and human geography.

Course content

What will I study?

You will study many aspects of the natural and human environments. Contemporary issues such as GM agriculture, natural hazards (such as flood events, volcanic eruptions and hurricanes) as well as population control and health are just some of the topics covered.

You will also study and analyse the globalisation of economics and its major impact on our daily lives such as fuel availability, the cost of food, clothes and cars.

Typically, at AS, the course covers:

  • Human Geography - population change and a choice of food supply issues/energy issues/health issues.
  • Physical Geography - rivers, floods and management and a choice of cold environments/coastal environments/hot desert environments and their margins.
  • Geographical skills - through specific case studies you will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers, and develop your own values and attitudes to contemporary issues.

At A2, you will continue to study a combination of human and physical geography, including plate tectonics and associated hazards/weather and climate/ecosystems/world cities/development and globalisation/ contemporary conflicts and challenge. In addition you are either required to choose and undertake preparatory investigative work in the field, or undertake an issue evaluation exercise.

How will I learn?

You will learn through lectures, discussions, case studies and investigations on local issues. Residential field trips will be undertaken to support and extend the learning, encouraging you to question and empathise with the people and events being studied. Fieldwork and research skills are key features of the course. Homework will be set and marked regularly, so that you will be encouraged to apply your knowledge and consolidate your learning as you progress through the course.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A* - C including English Language and GCSE Geography grade C


Both AS and A2 are assessed through examinations.

Future opportunities

As Geography is such a broad subject it opens many doors in to university life. This qualification will prepare you for a wide variety of courses varying from traditional human and physical geography, through to environmental science, climate change, economics, development, marine biology, oceanography and many more. The careers possible are too numerous to mention, but here are just a few... Meteorologist, Volcanologist, ‘Storm Chaser’, Surveyor, Architect, Accountant, Librarian, Teacher, Hydrologist, Lawyer, Armed Services, Police, Town Planner, Politician.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbeywood Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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