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Geography A level at Cannock Chase High School

Course description

•        To excite student minds, challenge perceptions and stimulate investigative and analytical skills through the study of key human and physical processes and challenges faced by our planet in the 21st Century.

•        To develop student fieldwork skills, through collection of data in human and physical environments, displaying, analysing and concluding the data. 

Course content

Both AS and A level specifications combine an equal weighting of human and physical topics and require students to study:

•        Landscapes: A study of hazards OR glaciated landscapes, hot deserts OR coasts, the physical processes which form these distinctive landscapes and the impact of human activity on these landscapes.

•        Urban: A study of either urban city growth or population growth including population change, migration and the health and well-being of key populations including global patterns of health, mortality and morbidity.

•        The Carbon Cycle and the Water Cycle: Including distribution, processes and Global Warming. Is it a new thing, what will happen, fact or fiction, how should we tackle it? 

•        Global Systems and Global Governance (Globalisation and Superpowers): A focus on the greater connectivity between people, places and environments across the globe. The unit will explore: Globalisation – the economic, political and social changes associated with globalisation and a place study of Antarctica including governance, threats and protection.

•        Changing Places: The use of investigative techniques to study people's engagement with places including towns and cities their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them. This will be based upon a study of two contrasting places, one to be local.

Fieldwork: In addition students are required to carry out four days of compulsory fieldwork in both human and physical environments. Two days will be completed during Y12. These will be two individual day visits to two different locations. Two days will be completed during Y13. This will be a residential course.  

Entry requirements

Minimum entry of Grade C grade at GCSE Geography gained on the Higher Tier of entry. 


Physical Geography (written examination)

Human Geography (written examination)

Individual Investigation based on fieldwork (an investigation of 3000-4000 words based on a hypothesis selected by the student, which must   include data collected in the field.)

Future opportunities

Geography supports applications for almost any science-based university course like Engineering, Psychology, Environmental Sciences and Geology; taken with humanities like English, French, History or Economics, Geography supports an equally wide range of university courses such as Business, Law, Media, Politics and Philosophy 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cannock Chase High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September